Investing in Ability explores disability as a dimension of diversity


The annual Investing in Ability program will highlight its 2018 theme “Diversity Includes Disability” during annual events planned for the month of October.

The Council for Disability Concerns produces the program designed to raise awareness of disability topics on campus and in the community. It will include speakers, demonstrations, films and the presentation of the James T. Neubacher Award.

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

“The U-M’s Investing in Ability program has been established to reduce stigma and stereotypes about disability issues,” says Anna Ercoli Schnitzer, Investing in Ability committee chair. “Its goal is to reveal through its various events that diversity, equity and inclusivity are of value not only to individuals with disabilities but to the entire U-M community and beyond.”

This year’s Investing in Ability events once again explore how disability is an important dimension of diversity:

• M.I.G.H.T. Disability Awareness Symposium, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Oct. 4, Frankel Cardiovascular Center, Danto Auditorium.

• Chronic Fatigue and Related Syndromes: An Expert Panel Discussion, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Oct. 5, Frankel Cardiovascular Center, Danto Auditorium.

• ”Unrest” (documentary film), 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 8, Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery.

• ”Dance the freaking music, baby”: LGBTQ Identities & Intersectionalities (co-sponsored by the Spectrum Center), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Oct. 10, Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery.

• Disabled & Proud: Leading Change Conference, 3-9:30 p.m., Oct. 11, Online Conference.

• Dogs on the Diag, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 12, Diag and outside the Duderstadt Center.

• Updated ADA information: Assistive Animals and Emotional Support Animals (ESA), 1-2:30 p.m., Oct. 15, Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery.

• ”Deej” (documentary film), 7-8:30 p.m., Oct. 16, Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery.

• Telling Our Own Stories: A Visual Storytelling Workshop on Disability Life at U-M, noon-3 p.m., Oct. 18, Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery.

• Active Minds Panel Discussion, noon-1:30 p.m., Oct. 22, Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery.

• Neubacher Award ceremony, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Oct. 24, Rackham Assembly Hall.

• Disability and Accessible Teaching: Current Perspectives and Best Practices, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Oct. 24, CRLT Seminar Room, Palmer Commons, registration required at

• Updated ADA information: Assistive Animals and Emotional Support Animals (ESA), 7-8 p.m., Oct. 29, Ann Arbor District Library, Main Branch, fourth floor.

• Language and Disability: An Exploration, 1-2:30 p.m., Oct. 30, Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery.

Investing in Ability is sponsored by the U-M Council for Disability Concerns in collaboration with University Human Resources, Michigan Medicine, and University Health Services. All events are free and open to the public. If accommodations are needed, contact at least one week in advance.


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