It's Time to Celebrate Champions of Disability Inclusion!

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Ensuring access to healthcare for Deaf patients through the medical interpreters program. Designing architectural solutions to improve building access. Creating a youth summer camp where medical care and accessibility are built in.

These are a few examples of the work celebrated by the James T. Neubacher Award. Established by the university's Council for Disability Concerns in October 1990, the award is a memorial to James T. Neubacher, a university alumnus, and columnist for the Detroit Free Press who advocated for equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities.

“We look forward to recognizing the disability advocacy work happening in and around the University of Michigan — work that often goes unnoticed but fundamentally shapes our culture and environment into a more inclusive and equitable one,” states Stephanie Rosen, chair, Council for Disability Concerns. “It honors the many disabled ancestors who made our lives more possible through their existence.”

The James T. Neubacher Award

The award is presented to a faculty or staff member, student, or alum of the University of Michigan for significant achievements in: 

  • Empowering people with disabilities
  • Advocating for or advancing disability rights or disability justice
  • Increasing the accessibility of programs and services to promote disability inclusion 

Make a nomination by July 31, 2021

Celebrate passionate advocates for disability inclusion with a nomination for the 32nd annual James T. Neubacher Award.

The award is supported by the Office of the President, the U-M Council for Disability Concerns, the Office of Institutional Equity, University Human Resources, and Michigan Medicine.


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