Since 1949

The Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy (ACA) was one of the first organizations in Michigan to advocate for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

In 1949, a group of parents organized to seek equal education rights for their children with disabilities.  They believed, as we do today, that each person, regardless of their disability, deserves access to authentic power and control over their life. Their dynamic contributions to the field of disability rights advocacy built the strong foundation for the work ACA has done so for over 67 years.

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate fully in community life.

This means we work to ensure that people with disabilities and their families have choices, opportunities, and the supports they need to be fully included in community life through advocacy and education.

Our Vision

We envision a community that fully supports equality, dignity, respect and inclusion for all people.

Our Services


General Advocacy

Assisting individuals with disabilities to obtain supports and accommodations they need to live and to participate in their communities.
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Education Advocacy

Assisting parents to secure Individualized Education Programs (IEP) for their children.
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Youth in Transition

Assisting youth to transition from school and foster care into community life.
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Benefits Advocacy

  • Social Security Disability
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Medicaid
  • Planning for Return to Work
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Equal Justice in the Courts

Assisting individuals to get support to obtain equal justice in the civil and criminal court systems.
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Trusts Management

Managing special needs trusts for individuals with developmental disabilities.
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Our People

It takes dedication and generosity to maintain the ACA’s mission in Washtenaw County. These are the people that make that possible.


I/DD-identifying individuals working for full inclusion

Staff & Leadership

Daily employees managing services and administrative tasks

Board of Directors

Guiding long term strategy, growth, and decisions

Supporting Entities

External partners who provide valuable support to ACA

Contact Washtenaw ACA

Washtenaw ACA is located in the NEW Center, on North Main St. in Ann Arbor, MI.

We are best reached by phone, email, or via the form below.

Our hours are 9am-4pm Monday-Thursday, with Friday hours by appointment.

New Center on River

NEW Center
1100 North Main Street
Suite 205
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

p: (734)662-1256
f: (734)662-2699


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