Investing in Ability events explore disability as a dimension of diversity

September 24, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The U-M Council for Disability Concerns produces an annual series of events designed to raise awareness of disability topics on campus and in the community. The events take place during the month of October and include speakers, demonstrations, films, and the presentation of the James T. Neubacher Award.

The 2018 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,” said Anna Ercoli Schnitzer, Investing in Abilities 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.”

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

Here’s a look at a full list of this year’s events:

  • 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, Two locations: Diag, 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 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, 4th floor
  • Language and Disability: An Exploration: 1-2:30 p.m., O 30, Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery

For more information on all the events, click here.