Disability Community Month Events

For decades the U-M Council for Disability Concerns has produced an annual series of events, previously named Investing in Ability. This year the events are renamed Disability Community Month to more closely capture the council’s mission to raise awareness of disability topics on campus and in the community. The events include speakers, demonstrations, films, and the presentation of the James T. Neubacher Award. 

Disability Community Month events are presented in collaboration with University Human Resources, Michigan Medicine, and University Health Service. All events are free and everyone is welcome. If accommodations are needed, contact disability@umich.edu at least 48 hours in advance.

Help spread the word about Disability Community Month Events!

Here's how you can help:

  • Plan to attend one or more of the events.
  • Invite colleagues to join you

Additional Resources

Disability Community Month Events Calendar

October 16: Disability Awareness

October 20: Disability Etiquette 

The B&F Diversity Working Group invites all B&F to learn more about diversity in two Zoom webinars: “Disability Awareness” and “Disability Etiquette.” Both one-hour sessions will be facilitated by Christina Kline, ADA Coordinator, and Associate Director in the Office for Institutional Equity. Learn more and register now for these disability Zoom events.

October 19 - 30: Teaching for Accessibility

Teaching for Accessibility introduces you to theories and practices of accessibility in teaching and learning, with a special focus on the work of disability theorist Jay Timothy Dolmage, author of Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education (University of Michigan Press, 2017). This self-paced, asynchronous 2-week workshop for instructors is structured to support you in a process of active learning and reflection about accessibility in your own teaching. Open to faculty, graduate student instructors, post-docs and others in instructional roles at U-M. Participants may complete the workshop any time within the two-week window of availability. Optional synchronous office hours may be offered in conjunction with this workshop.

Learn more and register at the CRLT Event Page.

October 29: James T. Neubacher Awards Ceremony and Certificates of Appreciation

  • Time: TBD
  • Location: Zoom

Established by U-M’s Council for Disability Concerns, the James T. Neubacher Award is a memorial to university alumnus and columnist for the Detroit Free Press who advocated for people with disabilities. The Ceremony (31st since the Awards were established) is intended to recognize those members of the U-M community (faculty/staff/students/alums) who have gone above and beyond their ordinary duties in contributing to the advancement of disability issues by reducing stigma, and working to improve access for everyone.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the month when U-M holds the annual Diversity Summit. In honor of these important occasions, the B&F Diversity Working Group invites all B&F to learn more about diversity in two Zoom webinars: “Disability Awareness” and “Disability Etiquette.” Both one-hour sessions will be facilitated by Christina Kline, ADA Coordinator and Associate Director in the Office for Institutional Equity. Details can be found on the flyer here and below.

Register here to receive your Zoom link to attend the online session(s).