Being responsive to those with disabilities benefits the entire campus and community. The university community can be part of the conversation by attending Disability Community Month events, an integral part of the October Diversity Summit.

“Combining events about disability issues with the Diversity Summit highlights two important points for members of our campus and the local community,” says Anna Ercoli Schnitzer, coordinator of the Council for Disability Concerns. “It raises awareness of disability as another dimension of diversity. And it also underscores how when we help everyone feel — and be — included, it enriches our whole community.”

For decades the U-M Council for Disability Concerns has produced this annual series of events, previously named “Investing in Ability.” This year the events are renamed Disability Community Month to more closely capture the council’s mission to raise awareness of disability topics on campus and in the community.

Disability Community Month events take place during October and include speakers, demonstrations, films and the presentation of the James T. Neubacher Award and Certificates of Appreciation.

All events are free, locations are accessible and everyone is welcome. Those needing disability accommodations to attend or participate should contact disability@umich.edu at least 48 hours in advance.

Disability Community Month is sponsored by the U-M Council for Disability Concerns, University Human Resources, Michigan Medicine and the University Health Service.

These events explore how disability is an important dimension of diversity:

  • Unintended Consequences: Panel on the impact of “opioid crisis” messaging on those with chronic pain, 3-5 p.m., Oct. 2, Hatcher Library Gallery.
  • “Seeing all your comments makes me feel less alone”: Webcomics and Depression, 1:30-3 p.m., Oct. 3, Hatcher Library Gallery, Leah Misemer.
  • 1,2,3: Drawing to Think (Workshop) by Leah Misemer, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 4, Hatcher Library Gallery, registration required.
  • Penny Stamps Speaker Series: Mari Katayama: “My Body as Material,” 5:10-6:30 p.m., Oct. 10, Michigan Theater.
  • Dogs on the Diag: Assistance and Therapy Dogs and Dogs in Training, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 11, Central Campus Diag in front of Graduate Library.
  • Mari Katayama exhibition, U-M Museum of Art, exhibit on display Oct. 12, 2019-Jan. 26, 2020.
  • “A bioethics of (dis)(ability), or: where to place the emphasis” A panel discussion, 2-4 p.m., Oct. 17, Hatcher Library Gallery.
  • “If you are going to walk the walk, you gotta talk the talk,” two linguistics professors discuss DEI language, 4-5:30 p.m., Oct. 18, Michigan Medicine CVC, Danto Auditorium.
  • “An Ingenious Way to Live: Fostering Disability Culture in Higher Education,” noon-2 p.m., Oct. 21, Rackham Auditorium.
  • Accessibility for Large Courses, 1 p.m., Oct. 23, Palmer Commons CRLT Seminar Room, for faculty members, registration required.
  • Demystifying Digital Scholarship: Accessible Digital Projects, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 24, Shapiro Design Lab, Shapiro Undergraduate Library.
  • Young, Gifted, at Risk, and Resilient (YGARR), 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 24, Michigan League.
  • James T. Neubacher Awards Ceremony and Certificates of Appreciation, 9:30-11:45 a.m., Oct. 25, Rackham Assembly Hall.
  • Superfest International Film Festival, 6-8 p.m., Oct. 29, Michigan Theater.
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