University of Michigan Resources

Council for Disability Concerns (CFDC)

The Council for Disability Concerns (CFDC) is comprised on individuals who represent a broad cross-section of the University and surrounding area. The CFDC meets monthly to address disability issues affecting the University and also members of the community.

Michigan Medicine (dis)Ability Committee

Co-coordinated by Clarissa Love of the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, and Michelle Meade, faculty member in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), the Michigan Medicine (dis)Ability Committee was established to provide accessibility and accommodations, whenever needed, to both the staff and patients at UM’s Michigan Medicine complex. Founding members of the Committee are attached to both the Library and the Hospital; however, the membership is open to anyone interested, including local community members. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month, at noon, usually in a room of the Taubman Health Sciences Building. Remote access through BlueJeans conferencing is also available. You can request more information by emailing the Michigan Medicine (dis)Ability Committee

Cochlear Implant Support Group

The Cochlear Implant Support Group provides resources and support for individuals with cochlear implants. The group meets monthly on the second Tuesday of each month in the Rackham Building from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm. Topics for discussion may range from accommodations to challenges at work and home to strategies for using your device for different hearing situations with assistive technology. Contact Pam McGuinty or Sam Simpsonfor more information.

University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center

The University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center draws upon the extraordinary range of expertise in depression care, research, and education that is found across the University in an effort to address the public health challenges associated with depression and bipolar disorder by working toward earlier diagnoses, better treatments, and eventual prevention of these illnesses.

University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies

The University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies seeks to expand diversity at the University of Michigan by integrating the study of disability into research, scholarship, and teaching.


DyslexiaHelp is a robust curriculum and resource website designed to educate and inform dyslexics, parents, and professionals about dyslexia and other language disorders.

University Center for Language and Literacy

The University Center for Language and Literacy offers specialized testing and evaluation, programs for children’s language and literacy development, aphasia recovery, academic success, and individual therapy for people of any age facing language and literacy challenges.

Ann Arbor or State of Michigan Resources

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living (AACIL)

The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living (AACIL) works to empower the lives of people with disabilities and advocate for a more inclusive community. In addition to providing individualized services, community advocacy, and group workshops for individuals’ self-improvement, the AACIL is a dynamic community enrichment and recreation center filled with events and activities to help individuals connect with people and their passions.

Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues

The Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues is a board of individuals who strive to promote and advocate for equal opportunities for all individuals with disabilities, including full accessibility in Ann Arbor facilities, programs, businesses and organizations.

Michigan Department of Civil Rights — Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights – Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing supports individuals who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing by providing technical support, accommodations, information and referral services, and interpreter information and services.

Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons

The Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) provides training and other services for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The BSBP works to help individuals obtain employment or achieve maximum and meaningful independence in life.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) may be able to provide support. MRS provides specialized employment and education-related services and training to assist individuals with disabilities in becoming employed or retaining employment. Mary Taylor is an MRS Rehabilitation Counselor who serves the University community. You can Mary Taylor or call (734) 677-1101.

Ann Arbor Transportation Authority

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority also provides AATA paratransit services for individuals with disabilities.

National or Federal Resources

Department of Justice

The Department of Justice (DOJ) works to achieve equal opportunity for people with disabilities in the United States by implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through its certification, regulatory, coordination, and technical assistance activities. The DOJ provides technical assistance and guidance on ADA enforcement and application.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee based on a protected class status, including disability. The EEOC provides resources and guidance on ADA application and enforcement.

Job Accommodation Network

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. The JAN website provides extensive resources on job accommodations, including potential accommodation suggestions, resources on specific disabilities, helpful articles and tools, and consultation services.

Association on Higher Education and Disability

The Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) is a professional membership organization delivers exceptional professional development opportunities through conferences, workshops, webinars, publications, and consultation; fosters community and member networking; informs members of emerging issues relevant to disability and higher education in the legislative and regulatory spheres; and disseminates data, promotes research, and furthers evidence-based practice.