For a second year in a row, the University of Michigan Council for Disability Concerns’ Investing in Ability series of events will explore disability as a dimension of diversity.

The 2017 theme, “Diversity Includes Disability,” was retained by the committee to continue the conversation about the benefits of being responsive to those with disabilities.

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“It’s truly remarkable how beneficial it can be for everyone when we take some time to evaluate the needs of those who have challenges,” says Anna Ercoli Schnitzer, Investing in Abilities committee chair. “For example, one of our presentations will speak to accessibility for students in the classroom. And the accommodations discussed can be of great value for all students as well.”

The range of Investing in Ability events presented in October and November also include popular favorites such as the opportunity to interact with service, assistance and therapy dogs, 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 email disability@umich.edu at least 48 hours in advance.

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

Events include:

• Creating an Accessible Learning Environment — 2:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 1-3 p.m. Nov. 1, 1013 Palmer Commons CRLT Seminar Room. Register online.

• Reinventing Normal: Technologies for Empowerment — 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery; panel discussion with David Chesney, professor of electrical engineering and computer science; Connie Chung, managing director of Fast Forward Medical Innovation; and Michelle Meade, associate professor of rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology, and director of the Michigan Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center.

• Dogs on the Diag — 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 6, service and therapy dogs in four locations: Central Campus Diag in front of the Hatcher Graduate Library, North Campus Eda U. Gerstacker Grove behind Duderstadt Building, KMS Building on South State Street, East Medical Campus.

• Tour of School of Dentistry Garden — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct.9, garden next to rooftop dentistry school parking lot.

• From Stigma to Strength: Rethinking How We Do Diversity — 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Oct. 18, presented by Mira Krishnan at Ann Arbor District Library, main branch, lower level.

• Gifts of Art Collaborative Event, free concert with Katherine Ball — 12:10-1 p.m., Oct. 19, University Hospital, main lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr.

• Taking Turns: Health Care, Activism, and Community — 2-3:30 p.m., Nov. 6, presented by nurse and graphic artist M.K. Czerwiec, Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery.

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