Community engagement

  • A group of consumers delivering meals on wheels

    Community Engagement

    Providing high quality supports and services to help participants volunteer in their community through our skill building program.

  • Student staff bakes a cake with an elderly male

    Peace of Mind

    Our adult day program provides a safe and friendly environment with stimulating cognitive and social activities for older adults living with memory loss and/or physical challenges.

Our Programs

Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

Our programs for individuals with disabilities include Community Connections Skill Building, Case Management and Community Living Services

Programs for the Seniors

We are committed to offering programs that enrich lives as people age. Our programs for the aging population include In-home Care Services and Senior Day Services

Commitment to Community

For over 40 years, the Center for Disability Services and Adult Wellness Programs have been providing programs and services for people with disabilities and elders in our community. Today, the center is a multi-service agency that helps over 250 individuals annually in Kalamazoo County. The center operates as a community service under the College of Health and Human Services and provides WMU students with an opportunity for innovative learning and discovery in the field of disabilities/the aging population through internships, field experiences, volunteering and employment.


  • A volunteer puts carrots in a bag

    Participants volunteer at Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes

    One of the many volunteer placements that CDS Skill Building participants provide community service is Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes.

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  • Speech student assists a participant

    Speech students work with Senior Day Services guests

    Each semester, Allison Mezo, Aphasia Communication Enhancement Speech Clinician at the Western Michigan University Unified Clinics assigns four speech-language pathology students to provide communication support at WMU's Senior Day Services.

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  • Senior Soccer

    Soccer at Senior Day Services

    Several Nursing students visited Senior Day Services, part of WMU Adult Wellness Programs, to encourage movement activities. The participants enjoyed a friendly game of seated soccer.

    More about Senior Day Services

  • Beautiful lives project

    Skill Building participates in Beautiful Lives Project

    Community Connections Skill Building program consumers participated in two events with the Beautiful Lives Project, which allows individuals with disabilities to engage in a number of activities.

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  • Painting project at SDS

    Pinspiration Visits Senior Day Services

    Senior Day Services invited a Kalamazoo crafting studio to come lead participants through a painting project. This was a fun activity that was enjoyed by SDS participants.

    Learn about Pinsperation

  • Consumers participate in United Sound

    Western students break down barriers through music with United Sound

    United Sound, a WMU student organization, partners with the WMU Center for Disability Services to offer peer mentorship for young adults with disabilities who want to play an instrument.

    Discover United Sound

Commitment to Diversity

The Western Michigan University College of Health and Human Services is committed to the idea of a diverse college as an important educational value. The College fosters an environment which reflects and celebrates diversity, encourages inclusion, embraces healthy interdependence and pledges a learning community free of discrimination and harassment.  

The Center for Disability Services and Adult Wellness Programs, as a member of the College of Health and Human Services at Western Michigan University, shares a commitment to enhance and maintain cultural competency and diversity in our programs, the community and university settings.

2022 Annual Reports

We invite you to take a look at our 2021-22 reports containing information about our programs, what our participants are doing and their overall satisfaction.