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Ann Arbor Center For Independent

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: To support and enable people with disabilities to live in the community independently.

Programs: To recruit and support the formation of community based groups of people with different types of disabilities to provide independent living skills,education on programs available, and employment skills.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gave me info about services and laws in Michigan when I had trouble with my job.


Client Served

Rating: 5

Incredible multifaceted agency. In 1993, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I began attending the Monday night M.S. support group that met at the C.I.L. Although there were other groups closer, this one met every week, so I could usually find time to get to a meeting once or twice a month. As time went on, the C.I.L. was able to help me with information when my job was about to move the handicap parking spaces to an inappropriate area. Invaluable! There is so much going on at the C.IL that I will probably miss a lot. Advocacy: Many places and events could be made much more accessible, not only for wheelchair users, but also for people with decreased vision. Advocacy efforts support not only new building accessibility, but also availability of arts and culture to people who might otherwise be marginalized. Things like large print programs, and ASLinterpreters, They (the CIL) also have job hunting skill training. I'm also fortunate enough to be involved in some of the CIL's recreation program- Things like bowling, art biking and gardening, There are other support groups that meet at the C.I.L., though I can't name them all. One group that is very active is the youth group. Not being that young anymore, I'm not aware of everything they do, but they have social events and specific groups to support young people with disabilities as they move out independently in the world. I'm always impressed with the way the AACIL staff keeps up with interests and capabilities of the people it serves. One example is making the different people interested in art (like me!) aware of a call for submissions for a disability awareness art show. Or, bringing people from all walks of life to a celebration of the 20th year anniversary of Americans With Disability Act. *To sum it up, the AACIL has helped me with information about handicap parking, support for the ongoing problems that Multiple Sclerosis brings, making sure that I could maintain my employment by using accommodations mandated by ADA. They have organized recreation programs that I enjoy doing (bowling, bicycling) or watching & photographing (wheelchair rugby). They have kept me informed of advocacy events.