Investing in Ability events explore stigma, stereotypes and bullying for persons with disabilities.

The U-M Council for Disability Concerns’ annual Investing in Ability series begins October 5. Throughout the month Investing in Ability events explore the impact of stigma, stereotypes and bullying for persons with disabilities.

Highlights of the events include expert speakers who will discuss topics ranging from the impact of language on stigma and stereotyping to bullying in the workplace. Additional events include a feature film, and a personal narrative by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein.

Investing in Ability Week events also include popular favorites such the opportunity to interact with service, assistance and therapy dogs. The week also features presentation of the James T. Neubacher Award and Certificates of Appreciation, which will take place 10 a.m. Oct. 30 at Rackham Building, Assembly Hall fourth floor.

Investing in Ability is held in collaboration with University Human Resources and the U-M Health System. All activities are staged in accessible locations. They also are free of charge and open to all members of the university community and the public.

Events include:​

  • Oct. 16 - Comics, Graphic Medicine and Stigma Awareness
    Panel discussion, 3-5 p.m., Gallery, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library

  • Oct. 19 - Suicidal Ideation is Scary for Everyone
    Kelly Pahle, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., School of Social Work, Room 1840

  • Oct. 27 -Ask Me If I'm Okay: Conversations About Mental Illness in the Workplace
    1-2 p.m., Gallery, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library

  • Oct. 29 - Poetry Reading
    Petra Kuppers, Stephie Tait, noon-1 p.m., Gallery, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library

  • Nov. 1 - Army-Navy Wheelchair Basketball
    Doors open 2:00 p.m, Tip off 3:00 p.m.; Crisler Center

     

More information including a complete list of events are available at ability.umich.edu/iaw.