• Music Therapy

    Experiential learning

    Our center provides students with an opportunity for innovative learning and discovery in the field of disabilities through internships, volunteering and student employment.

  • Student employee helping a client

    Advocacy in action

    Community living services staff provide extensive, daily ongoing training and support required for individuals to participate and live in their community.

  • WMU student and participant painting together

    Meaningful activities

    Student staff members work with participants each day to provide enriching activities and volunteering opportunities within the community.

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.

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 Elderly

    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


  • Beautiful lives project

    Community Connections participates in Beautiful Lives Project

    Community Connections Skill Building program consumers participated in two events with the Beautiful Lives Project. The Beautiful Lives Project offers opportunities for individuals with disabilities to engage in activities that the general population has access to. During both events, consumers got to interact with the team, learn how to do practice drills and play games.

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  • Painting project at SDS

    Pinspiration Visits Senior Day Services

    Senior Day Services invited a local business, Pinspiration, to come lead several participants through a painting project. This was a fun activity that was enjoyed by many. Pinsperation is a crafting studio located in Kalamazoo offering birthday parties, family activities, paint and sip, paint nights, corporate events, and more.

    Visit Pinsperation's Website

  • Consumers participate in United Sound

    Western students break down barriers through music with United Sound

    United Sound, a registered student organization (RSO) at WMU launched in fall 2021 and partners with Western's Center for Disability Services to offer peer mentorship for young adults with disabilities interested in learning how to play an instrument.

    Discover United Sound

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.