Investing in Ability Series Continues the Discussion on Disability as Dimension of Diversity

For a second year in a row, the University of Michigan Council for Disability Concerns' Investing in Ability series of events will explore disability as a dimension of diversity. The 2017 theme, "Diversity Includes Disability," was retained by the committee to 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," says Anna Ercoli Schnitzer, Investing in Abilities committee chair. "For example, one of our presentations will speak to accessibility for students in the classroom. And the accommodations discussed can be of great value for all students as well."

The range of Investing in Ability events presented in October and November 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. If you need disability accommodations to attend or participate, please contact at least 48 hours in advance. Investing in Ability is sponsored by: U-M Council for Disability Concerns, University Human Resources, Michigan Medicine, University Health Service.

Events include:

  • From Stigma to Strength: Rethinking How We Do Diversity, presented by Mira Krishnan, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Oct. 18. Ann Arbor District Library (AADL), Main branch, Lower Level
  • Gifts of Art Collaborative Event--Free Concert with Katherine Ball, 12:10 - 1:00 p.m., Oct. 19,  University Hospital, Main Lobby, 1500 East Medical Center Drive
  • Taking Turns: Health Care, Activism, and Community, presented by MK Czerwiec (nurse and graphic artist), 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., Nov. 6, Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery

More information, including a full list of events, is available at

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