October 21–31

This year’s event is in the planning stage. The schedule is in draft form and may change.

2009 will mark the nineteenth year in which the University of Michigan, under the leadership of the Council for Disability Concerns, has sponsored educational programs and events designed to increase awareness of important disability issues. These activities are offered to promote a greater recognition of the skills and talents which people with disabilities contribute to the University and the greater society.

All events are free of charge and open to all members of the University community and the public. All programs are held in accessible locations. Sign language interpreters will be provided on request.

Triptic: Exercise, Art and Meditation by ErinBrady

"Exercise", "Art" and "Meditation"  by artist Erin Brady Worsham, an ALS patient.  This print is in the collection of the University of Michigan Health System.  It was part of a traveling exhibit called Artist Always that toured the US from 2003–2005 sponsored by the Society for the Arts in Healthcare. Read more about Ms. Worsham and the show.

Investing in Ability Week
All events are free and everyone is welcome

Wednesday, Oct. 21
10:00 AM–11:30 AM Fourth Annual Symposium on Mental Health in the Workplace
“Anxiety Disorders in the Workplace: What are they and how do they influence the workplace?”
Joseph Himle, PhD, Associate Prof., School of Social Work
Event location:
Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room
100 Washtenaw Ave.
Monday, Oct. 26
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Dogs, dogs, dogs … and how they help!
Come and meet dogs and pups in training to be service, assistance, guide and therapy dogs for individuals with disabilities
Event location:
UM Hospital, Courtyard (Towsley Triangle if rain)
East Ann Arbor Health Center, 4260 Plymouth Rd.
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Open House: Many Ways of Doing Art Collaboration
Observe the partnership between the UM School of Art and Design and the AACIL as people with disabilities working with art students create clay sculptures.
Event location:
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
3941 Research Park Drive (off of AATA #6 route)
Phone: 734-971-0277
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM First Days: (dis)Ability in the Classroom
In this sketch, the CRLT Players depict an instructor and students struggling with many issues, stereotypes, and dynamics surrounding visible and hidden disabilities in the classroom. Following the performance, the audience is invited to dialogue with the characters, who then repeat the sketch while incorporating audience suggestions. Jeffrey Steiger, Artistic Director, CRLT Theatre Program, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. Please email to register for this event.
Event location:
Palmer Commons
Great Lakes North room, 4th floor
100 Washtenaw Ave.
Tuesday, Oct. 27
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Dogs, dogs, dogs…and how they help!
Come and meet dogs and pups in training to be service, assistance, guide and therapy dogs for individuals with disabilities
Event location:
Diag (in front of Hatcher Library, 920 N. University)
Suite 18, Wolverine Tower, 3003 S. State St.
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Panel on Deafness: Personal Perspectives
Dr. Philip Zazove, Nan Asher, Julianne Bonta, Alan Lobdell, Taurean “Tar” Burt, and Pam McGuinty. Sign language interpreters and CART provided.
Event location:
Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union
530 S. State St.
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Understanding Autism and Creative Play
Working with children with autism can also teach us how to improve the quality of our lives. Richard Solomon, M.D., Medical Director of the PLAY (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) Project and founder of the Ann Arbor Center for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Event location:
Ann Arbor District Library (Downtown)
Community Room, Lower Level
343 S. Fifth Ave.
Wednesday, Oct. 28
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Expressive Writing for Veterans
Afterwords: a peer support group at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System where veterans learn to use writing to work through difficult emotions. Sixteen veterans have participated in the group since May 2008.
David Eaton, Ryan Christman and VA mental health group
Event location:
School of Social Work Educational Conference Room
1080 S. University
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Sadie Wilcox
Creating art (drawing/painting/video) at the intersection of trauma/recovery from burns resulting from domestic violence.
Event location:
Student Activities Building (SAB)
515 E. Jefferson St.
Maize and Blue Room
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Sadie Wilcox
Creative expression and empowerment through video: Voices of youth at Children’s Hospital Oakland and UCSF Children's Hospital.
Event location:
School of Art and Design, Room 2216-19
Art and Architecture Building
2000 Bonisteel Blvd. (North Campus)
Thursday, Oct. 29
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Autism the Musical (film)
Five autistic children create and perform a musical.
Event location:
920 N. University
Room 100, Hatcher Graduate Library
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Full Circle: My Journey with Art
Sadashi Inuzuka, Prof. at UM School of Art and and Design, talks about his journey as an artist with visual disabilities.
Event location:
University of Michigan Hospital
MCHC Auditorium (on Mott 2nd level)
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Adaptive Technology Computing Site Open House
Learn about and use screen magnifiers, screen readers, scanner-readers, speech recognition, ergonomic seating, motorized adjustable height work stations, track balls and more. Hosted by Jim Knox, ITCS Adaptive Technology Coordinator
Event location:
Shapiro Undergraduate Library
919 S. University
Friday, Oct. 30
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM James T. Neubacher Award and Certificates of Appreciation Presentation Ceremony
Award presented by UM Regent Julia Darlow. Preceded by refreshments at 9:30 AM
Event location:
Rackham Building, Fourth Floor Assembly Hall
915 E. Washington
7:30 PM James T. Neubacher Fourth Annual Wheelchair Tip-Off Event
Michigan Thunderbirds Wheelchair Basketball Team vs. the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Wheelchair Basketball Team
Event location:
Ann Arbor Pioneer High School Gymnasium
Corner of Stadium Blvd. and South Main St.
Saturday, Oct. 31
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Let’s Make Animals!—Workshop for Children
Sadashi Inuzuka, Professor at the UM School of Art and Design, shows children basic skills to create clay animal sculptures. No prior experience necessary.
Event location:
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery (Room 100)