Conference to encourage discussion of disability culture


The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is hosting a virtual series of events to explore ways to create a university climate that works toward embracing disability culture.

The conference, titled “Toward an Anti-Ableist Academy,” will encourage open dialogue and discussion among faculty, staff, students and disability experts.

Speakers will include members of the Council of Disability Concerns, current undergraduate and graduate students and disability rights activists.

As part of Disability Community Month, there will be four virtual events open to the campus community.

  • Oct. 20 — The What and Why of Digital Accessibility: Unpacking U-M’s Newest Disability Policy
  • Oct. 21 — Care Infrastructure and MiDisability Support Staff
  • Oct. 27 — Imagining a Disability Cultural Center at U-M
  • Nov. 3 — Faculty and SAAS: Accommodate, Testing Centers, and Accommodation Letters, Oh My!

The Student Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Board created the conference to provide an update on their work to eliminate accessibility gaps for disabled students, faculty and staff.

The Office of DEI hopes the events will provide “opportunities to learn about best practices that ensure the disabled community can fully participate in campus life at the University of Michigan.”

All events will provide sign language and computer-aided transcription services for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Registration information and links to the conference sessions are on the conference website.


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