About ICW

Why did we start ICW?

Our History

Intentional Communities of Washtenaw (ICW) began when a small group of Ann Arbor residents recognized the need to create independent living situations for their children and other individuals with developmental disabilities. The group knew that it would take a group of committed and dedicated parents.

ICW officially began in 2005 when 25 families met to make these housing options a reality for their loved ones.  The group surveyed families who had children with disabilities to assess the needs and desires of these families. In short order, a mission statement and a steering committee were formed.

Our Values

A future where individuals with disabilities can share the common bond of supportive living in a dignified, productive and independent manner.

Our Mission

To promote stable and sustainable quality of life for adults with developmental disabilities, designed to reduce isolation and develop skills to live interdependently in a community setting.