Investing in Ability 2014 - Is Addiction a Disability?

Investing In Ability is hosting a series of events, to explore the question: “Is addiction a disability?”

Throughout October 2014, Investing in Ability events will invite conversation on the biological, legal and personal impact of addiction in our lives. Highlights of the events include expert speakers who will identify and explain a broad variety of addictions, provide resources for combatting them, and extend hope for recovery that will lead to a better quality of life. We also have U-M colleagues who will share their stories of recovery. Events cover substance abuse (drugs, tobacco, alcohol) as well as eating, gambling, hoarding, technology and other addictions.  

More information about the schedule of events will be available as confirmed.

For location information, see the Campus Information Center map.


Wednesday, October 1

7 - 8:30 p.m.
Belief, Hope and Generosity in the Workplace: Hiring Individuals in Recovery (click to learn more)
Ari Weinzweig, Zingermans
Location: Ann Arbor District Library, Main Branch

Wednesday, October 8

Disordered Eating & Other Addictions
Professors Hoste and Sidiropoulos
Location: Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery

Thursday, October 16

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Addiction 101
Professor Mark Ilgen, Rachel Upjohn Depression Center
Location: Rackham Building, West Conference Room

Friday, October 17

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Addiction: Understand it. Overcome it.
Carole Dubritsky, U-M ADA Coordinator
MHealthy Tobacco Consultation Services and Alcohol Management Program
Kathleen Robertson, UMHS EAP
Jim Balmer, Dawn Farms
Location: Danto Auditorium, U-M Cardiovascular Center

Monday, October 20

A Discussion on Addiction
Professor Stephen Strobe, U-M School of Nursing
Location: Walter and Leonore Annenberg Auditorium, Foprd School of Public Policy


3 - 5 p.m.
Disability Skit
CRLT Players
Location: Great Lakes Room, Palmer Commons

Tuesday, October 21

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Super Service Dogs
Locations: University Hospital, Diag near Graduate Library

1 p.m.
Human Animal Bond
Location: Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery

2 p.m.
Gentle Yoga
Location: Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery

Wednesday, October 22

1:30 p.m.
Recovery - A Personal Story
Eric Hipple, U-M Depression Center (former Detroit Lion)
Location: Institute for Social Research (room TBA)

Thursday, October 23

1:30 p.m.
Knox Adaptive Technology Redidication Ceremony
Location: Shapiro Library (room TBA)

Friday, October 24

9:30 a.m. - noon
James T. Neubacher Award 
and Certificates of 
Appreciation Presentation Ceremony

Presentation of Certificates of Appreciation followed by Neubacher Award presented by U-M Regent Julia Darlow. Refreshments at 9:30 AM.      

Location: Rackham Building, Assembly Hall 4th floor

Monday, October 27

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Students in Recovery Panel
Location: Rackham Building, Assembly Hall 4th floor








Examples of previous events can be seen here:
Click here for a full list of 2013 events.

ANNOUNCEMENT: 7th Annual Symposium on Mental Health in the Workplace video available online!

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