Investing in Ability events continue discussion of disability, diversity

October 2, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

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

The 2017 theme, “Diversity Includes Disability,” will again be utilized to help continue the conversation about the benefits of being responsive to those with disabilities.

“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,” said Anna Ercoli Schnitzer, Investing in Abilities committee chair.

Over the next few weeks, events will take place across campus to discuss issues important to the disability community, including panel discussions, concerts and even a wheelchair basketball clinic hosted by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

“One of our panels will discuss technology and how it is being utilized to assist those with disabilites,” Schnitzer said. “Events like that are of great value to all members of the university and Michigan Medicine community.”

The Investing in Ability events 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 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 panel discussion: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Oct. 5, Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
  • Dogs on the Diag: 11 a.m. – 1 p.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.
  • Adaptive basketball clinic for children: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Oct. 14, Peace Lutheran Church, 8260 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor. Contact to register.
  • From Stigma to Strength: Rethinking How We Do Diversity: 7 – 8:30 p.m., Oct. 18, presented by Mira Krishnan at Ann Arbor District Library, main branch, lower level
  • Gifts of Art concert with Katherine Ball: 12:10 – 1 p.m., Oct. 19, University Hospital, main lobby
  • Active Minds panel discussion on mental health: Noon – 1:30 p.m., Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
  • 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

Learn more about Investing in Ability events by clicking here.