Nominations sought to celebrate advocates for disability inclusion


Ensuring access to health care for deaf patients through the medical interpreters program. Designing architectural solutions to improve building access. Creating a youth summer camp with built-in medical care and accessibility.

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

Nominations are being accepted for the 32nd annual Neubacher Award, which celebrates passionate advocates for disability inclusion. Nominations are due by July 31. 

Established by the University of Michigan’s Council for Disability Concerns in 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.

“We look forward to recognizing the disability advocacy work happening in and around the University of Michigan — work that often goes unnoticed but fundamentally shapes our culture and environment into a more inclusive and equitable one,” said Stephanie Rosen, chair of the Council for Disability Concerns. “It honors the many disabled ancestors who made our lives more possible through their existence.”

The award is presented to a U-M faculty or staff member, student, or alumnus or alumna for significant achievements in: 

  • Empowering people with disabilities.
  • Advocating for or advancing disability rights or disability justice.
  • Increasing the accessibility of programs and services to promote disability inclusion.

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


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