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 housing options and services for their children and other individuals with developmental disabilities. The group knew that it would take a group of committed parents to make those options a reality.

ICW officially began in 2005 when 25 families met to make these housing options a reality. 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.