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Leader Dogs for the Blind Summer Experience Camp

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 1:54pm

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Summer Experience Camp is a unique summer camp for boys and girls ages 16 and 17 who are legally blind that combines summer fun with an introduction to [http://www.leaderdog.org/|guide dogs] and the opportunity to spend time with peers who are facing similar challenges. Campers kayak, rock wall climb and tandem bike, learn to use a GPS device with instruction and spend time with dogs and Leader Dog guide dog mobility instructors to learn more about living and working with a guide dog.

The program is completely free including airfare to Michigan, and everyone receives a free [http://store.humanware.com/hus/trekker-breeze-handheld-talking-gps.html|HumanWare Trekker audible pedestrian GPS device] to keep. Summer Experience Camp is scheduled for June 26 to July 3, 2015. Applications are due by April 1, 2015.

For more information and to download an application, go to [http://www.leaderdog.org/clients/programs/summer-experience-camp|www.leaderdog.org/clients/programs/summer-experience-camp] or call the Leader Dogs for the Blind client services department at 888-777-5332.

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The Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues is Seeking Commissioners

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 11:25am

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Are You:

● A Disability Advocate
● Physically Challenged
● Developmentally Disabled
● [http://wlbpd.aadl.org/|Blind or Visually Impaired]
● Deaf or Hard of Hearing
● A Person with a Chronic Disease
● A Care Giver

Become a Commissioner!

The purpose of the [http://www.a2gov.org/services/disability-resources/Pages/default.aspx|Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues] is to promote and advocate for equal opportunities for all individuals with physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities, including full accessibility in Ann Arbor facilities, programs, businesses and organizations. The Commission addresses issues of significance to the local disability community, through effective committee work and collaboration. Commissioners serve a 3-year term requiring an appointment by the Mayor with approval from City Council. Ann Arbor residents are given priority consideration, but non-residents will be considered if they are viewed to fill a gap on the commission.

Meetings are open to the public and can also be viewed on Community Television Network (CTN)-Comcast Cable Channel 16. You can also view CTN videos On Demand by going to [http://a2govtv.pegcentral.com/|a2gov.org]. Public meetings are held at City Hall on the third Wednesday of every month starting at 3:15pm

If you would like an application to apply for a seat on the Commission contact the Mayor’s Office at 734-794-6161 or visit the Resource Page at [http://www.a2gov.org/services/disability-resources/Pages/default.aspx|a2gov.org/disabilityresources]. If you want more information about being a commissioner e-mail a2disabilityissues@gmail.com.

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Find Out How to Cut Costs & $ave!

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 1:17pm

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Want to learn how to save money on your energy and water bills? Join us Wednesday, February 4th at 7:00 PM @ Malletts Creek Branch! If you're a [https://www2.dteenergy.com/wps/portal/dte/aboutus/aboutDteEnergy/!ut/p/b1/pZE9D4IwEIZ_Uo-WQteiBIp8CQWRxTAYQiLgYPz9FqIDKDB42-WeJ3d9i0pUoLKrnk1dPZq-q25DXxoXwvwwp1l0lEmugzAtmoYsAIYNBZwVAAvFYer7QqODDzvPMzQA7e2vAKMf8STV1Zg6KQNh5TGJpY3BMT_-MjDZT4lQY8mJlRGMIYC5LwFsEEm-j90DI06w7nNjfv_3gr98BWzkf0LliKz9wDTDH0_cCjl0-_aK7m02VAFNXL8Ag1zByA!!/dl4/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh|DTE] customer, you can receive a free, in-home assessment from them that provides you with items that can start saving you money on your utility bills pronto. In fact, you can borrow one of our [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1187615|energy meters] to find out exactly which of your appliances or electronics are the energy-suckers. What sorts of items are provided by DTE, you ask? A whole bunch of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_fluorescent_lamp|new compact fluorescent light bulbs] in a variety of styles; water-saving faucet aerators & shower heads. Learn all about the complimentary DTE Home Energy consultation and sign up for one for your home.

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Still Puzzled about Health Care?

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 8:54am

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Are you or anyone you know still in the market place for health insurance? We will have answers for some of your questions!

Monday January 26, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

In partnership with the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) and the U-M group, the Health Policy Student Association, this session will provide information about health insurance options and will also provide information to refer community members to services that can directly enroll people into the coverage they’re eligible for. Some community members are enrolled in coverage that requires re-enrollment each year. The speaker will have information and assistance for attendees to learn about re-enrollment. Enrollment will not be conducted on-site.

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A New Dental Clinic in Washtenaw County!

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:18pm

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For folks who are uninsured & low income, dental concerns can be a big pain and we know they can lead to other medical issues. This new [http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/dental-clinic/washtenaw-county-dental-clinic|clinic], located in the Haab Health Building on Huron Street in Ypsilanti, will serve adults and children who are uninsured or low income, or who are enrolled in Medicaid, [http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2943_4845_4931---,00.html|MIChild] or Healthy Kids. The Dental Clinic is a program of Washtenaw County Public Health in partnership with Michigan Community Dental Clinics (MCDC), St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and the [http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/whp|Washtenaw Health Plan] and opens in February, 2015. They are now taking appointments. Call 877-313-6232 to schedule. Llame al 877-313-6232 para hacer su cita.

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Start Saving Now!

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:37pm

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Here's a tip to help you start saving money on your energy and water bills. If you're a DTE [https://www2.dteenergy.com/wps/portal/dte/aboutus/aboutDteEnergy/!ut/p/b1/pZE9D4IwEIZ_Uo-WQteiBIp8CQWRxTAYQiLgYPz9FqIDKDB42-WeJ3d9i0pUoLKrnk1dPZq-q25DXxoXwvwwp1l0lEmugzAtmoYsAIYNBZwVAAvFYer7QqODDzvPMzQA7e2vAKMf8STV1Zg6KQNh5TGJpY3BMT_-MjDZT4lQY8mJlRGMIYC5LwFsEEm-j90DI06w7nNjfv_3gr98BWzkf0LliKz9wDTDH0_cCjl0-_aK7m02VAFNXL8Ag1zByA!!/dl4/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh|DTE] customer, you can receive a free, in-home assessment from them that provides you with items that can start saving you money on your utility bills pronto. In fact, you can borrow one of our [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1187615|energy meters] to find out exactly which of your appliances or electronics are the energy-suckers. What sorts of items are provided by DTE, you ask? Up to 75 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_fluorescent_lamp|new compact fluorescent light bulbs] in a variety of styles; water-saving faucet aerators & shower heads and the peace of mind that you are doing what you can to save the planet. And cash.

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It's time for the Dawn Farm Jamboree!

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 3:01pm

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You’re invited to have a great time while supporting a great cause at [http://dawnfarm.org/event/43rd-anniversary-jamboree|Dawn Farm]'s Fantastic 43rd Anniversary Jamboree on Sunday, September 11th, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm! Admission and all activities are free! This is a great family activity with hayrides, pony rides, crafts and a children’s tent, too. Visit the [http://www.dawnfarm.org|working farm] or bid on unique items in both silent and live auctions. Food and beverages will be for sale for a variety of tastes. Funds raised from the auctions will help support critical addiction services for individuals who need help and lack resources. For more information, or if you would like to volunteer at the event, call 734-485-8725 or email Megan at mrodgers@dawnfarm.org.

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Vision Loss Online Support

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:30am

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The Summer 2014 newsletter, Dots and Decibels, from the [http://www.perkins.org/|Perkins Library] and the [http://www.worcpublib.org/|Worcester Talking Book Library] features someone with a very special mission. Hannah Fairbairn has “walked the walk” of vision loss and personal recovery, and now wants to share some of the ways she manages her daily life through her new [http://www.visionlossandpersonalrecovery.com/|website and weekly blog]. In addition to her own experiences, Hannah has worked at the [http://www.carroll.org/|Carroll Center for the Blind] in Newton, Massachusetts for many years. She writes, “wherever you are in your journey with vision loss, you’ll find something here to make you more confident, more like your old self…or perhaps more active and productive than you were before.” Hannah’s blog can be found via her website VisionLossAndPersonalRecovery.com.

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Ann Arbor Mayoral Forum

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 2:20pm

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Are you curious about what the four [http://annarborchronicle.com/tag/mayoral-race|Mayoral Candidates] have to say about affordable housing & [http://www.annarbor.com/news/report-washtenaw-countys-chronically-homeless-population-doubled-in-last-two-years|homelessness]? Get your questions answered at a Mayoral forum Tuesday, July 15 from 7:00-9:00 PM. The event will take place at Temple Beth Emeth/St. Clare's Episcopal Church, 2309 Packard Street, Ann Arbor and is sponsored by a coalition of over 30 religious congregations. This is a great opportunity to hear what the candidates have to say about this very important subject.

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Brainfuse: Live Tutoring & Homework Help

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:59pm

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Have you forgotten everything you learned in school already? Don't despair! You can log on to [http://www.aadl.org/homework|Brainfuse]. Their live Homework Help is available from 2:00PM-11:00PM every day, even in summer! The interactive [http://home.brainfuse.com/?page_id=317| Study Suite] is accessible anytime with your AADL account log in information. For more details about the amazing facets of Brainfuse read these [http://www.brainfuse.com/company/Faq.asp|FAQs]. Using [http://www.brainfuse.com/highEd/helpNow.asp?a_id=DE1518A6&ss=&r=|Brainfuse] can make learning fun for parents & kids! College students and adult learners can benefit from it, too! Give it a try and you can re-learn the stuff you thought you forgot.