Teaching students to program mobile apps to help people with cerebral palsy navigate campus. Designing innovative architectural solutions to facilitate better building access. Reducing stigma around seeking support for mental health among students.

These are a few examples of the work celebrated in past years by the James T. Neubacher Award.

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Nominations are being accepted for the 30th annual Neubacher Award, which is presented to a faculty or staff member, student, alumna or alumnus for significant achievements in:

  • Promoting acceptance and awareness of people with disabilities.
  • Advocating for the civil rights of people with disabilities.
  • Removing barriers to full participation in programs and services for people with disabilities.

The deadline to submit a nomination is June 22.

The award includes a stipend provided by the Office of the President and is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Equity, University Human Resources, the U-M Council for Disability Concerns, Michigan Medicine and the Office of the President.

Established by the university’s Council for Disability Concerns in October 1990, the award is a memorial to James T. Neubacher, a university alumnus and columnist for the Detroit Free Press who advocated for equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities.

The award is presented during Investing in Ability events that take place in October.