Investing in Ability 2017 Events

As we continue to celebrate the university's third century, many Investing in Ability events continue to explore the interconnected nature of disability and diversity.

Presented by the University of Michigan Council for Disability Concerns
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 one week in advance.


For location information, see the Campus Information Center map.

Wednesday, October 4

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Creating an Accessible Learning Environment
Location: 1013 Palmer Commons, CRLT Seminar Room

Students bring a diversity of needs to our classroom. Teaching with accessibility in mind can help us include and accommodate them all. In this session you will learn how to incorporate inclusive teaching principles and practices that promote accessibility to all students.

The session facilitators will be Grant Jackson (CRLT) and Stephanie Rosen (University Libraries).

Register for the event at crlt.umich.edu.



Thursday, October 5

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Reinventing Normal: Technologies for Empowerment
Location: Gallery, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library

Panel Speakers:

David Chesney, PhD
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of Michigan

Connie Chang, MBA
Managing Director, Fast Forward Medical Innovation, University of Michigan

Michelle Meade, PhD
Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Psychology & Neuropsychology, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan
Director, University of Michigan Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center

Patricia Anderson, Moderator

All of us have things we are good at things we’d like to do but they are hard for us for whatever reason. The idea of “disability” carries with it the idea of what cannot be done. How is technology changing that? How is technology changing the idea of what we can or can’t do?  This presentation features a panel of experts from the University of Michigan addressing ways in which technologies are empowering individuals in their lives, changing the idea of what is a disability, and literally reinventing normal.

 

Friday, October 6

11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dogs on the Diag - Service and Therapy dogs in 4 locations!
Locations: On the Diag, North of Hatcher Graduate Library
North Campus Eda U. Gerstacker Grove near the Duderstadt Building
KMS Building, 700 KMS Place (Near South State Street and I-94)
East Ann Arbor Medical Campus
(Plymouth Road, near US-23)

Come out and see how dogs can help people. The objectives in this annual activity are to raise consciousness about and reinforce the animal-human bond with the intent of making the academic, hospital, and surrounding local community feel comfortable with and appreciative of therapy and service dogs and their various roles in helping human beings. In addition, for the past ten years, we have Invited various service and therapy dog organizations (e.g., Paws with a Cause: Canine Companions; Leader Dogs, Therapaws, etc.) to come to campus in October, to interact with members of the community, especially students and hospital patients, all of which is a wonderful learning experience for our campus and surrounding community. We established several venues for dog viewing (and patting) around campus and in the hospital. We also fielded questions as well as offers from individuals to enroll their own pets in the therapy dog program or to foster and socialize puppies until they were old enough to undergo training as service dogs. Conclusions: By presenting positive, detailed information about the training and ultimate helpfulness of various types of service and therapy dogs and by providing "hands-on" interactions with these canines, we have promoted the idea of bonding between dogs and people, both emotionally and as valuable assistants to individuals with disabilities.


Monday, October 9

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tour of School of Dentistry Garden
Location: Garden adjacent to roof-top parking lot for Dental School patients

Join us for a multi-sensory tour of the School of Dentistry’s “Help Yourself Garden.” All are invited to explore the garden, sample vegetables and herbs, and learn about garden care.

The theme of this year’s garden is “Garden of Science” and teaches about scientific concepts such as plant families, genetics, and fractals. Wheelchair accessible and, upon request, ASL interpreted. Enter via Fletcher Street.  Contact Emily Springfield with questions at espring@umich.edu.

 

Wednesday, October 18

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

From Stigma to Strength: Rethinking How We Do Diversity
Mira Krishnan
Location: Ann Arbor District Library (AADL), 342 S. 5th Avenue, Main Branch, Lower Level

Attempts at enhancing diversity often begin with a notion of enhancing tolerance for a minority group, resulting in ongoing senses of both disenfranchisement by the minority group and resentment by members of the dominant group. Looking at examples from the rise of the multicultural workplace, to the rise of autistic people and in the world of work, to the rise of women and gender and sexual diversity, we will examine opportunities to move from reactive, to strategic, to a new kind of essential diversity approach.


 

Thursday, October 19

12:10 - 1:00 p.m.
Gifts of Art Free Concert Featuring Katherine Ball
University Hospital, Main Lobby, 1500 East Medical Center Drive

Katharine Ball is a professional singer and graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. She has performed locally and around the U.S, including Alaska. Ball was a semifinalist in the Elizabeth Connell Prize for Dramatic Sopranos’ international competition. Her accompanist Andrew Meagher, a Michigan graduate in Organ Performance, plays for various churches in the area. Look for live stream video and event subscriptions on Michigan Medicine's Gifts of Art Facebook page.

 

Monday, October 23

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Mental Health at U-M: Stories from Students
Location: Gallery, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library


Active Minds (Student Campus Group)--panel discussion: Stories from the Heart
When "I" is replaced with "WE" even "illness" becomes "wellness" - ActiveMinds
Active Minds at the University of Michigan is a chapter out of Active Minds Inc. and, as a student led organization, our goal is to combat the stigma surrounding mental illness and connect students to resources on campus.


Tuesday, October 24

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
James T. Neubacher Award Ceremony
Location: Rackham Assembly Hall

Continental Breakfast at 9:30, followed by the James T. Neubacher Award Ceremony.  A plaque will be awarded by Regent to the recipient of the Neubacher Award and Certificates of Appreciation to other members of the University of Michigan Community (faculty/staff/students/alums) who were selected from among the nominees by the Neubacher Award Committee.

 

Thursday, October 26

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Film: Including Samuel
Location: Gallery, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library

"Including Samuel," an award-winning documentary by Dan Habib, was filmed and produced over the course of four years. According to Habib, the film chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives. The film honestly portrays his family’s hopes and struggles as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families.

Wednesday, November 1

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Creating an Accessible Learning Environment
Location: 1013 Palmer Commons, CRLT Seminar Room

Students bring a diversity of needs to our classroom. Teaching with accessibility in mind can help us include and accommodate them all. In this session you will learn how to incorporate inclusive teaching principles and practices that promote accessibility to all students.

The session facilitators will be Grant Jackson (CRLT) and Stephanie Rosen (University Libraries).

Register for the event at crlt.umich.edu.


Monday, November 6

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Taking Turns: Health Care, Activism, and Community
MK Czerwiec, RN, MA
Location: Gallery, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library

MK Czerwiec is a nurse who uses comics in her work with Northwestern and George Washington Universities. MK makes comics at ComicNurse.com and co-founded GraphicMedicine.org, a website/conference devoted to the intersection of comics and health. MK's new book, “Taking Turns, Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371,” is a graphic memoir/oral history project, exploring AIDS history through her experience as an AIDS ward nurse at the epidemic's peak, including co-worker's voices and experiences.