Investing in Ability 2014 Events

Presented by the University of Michigan Council for Disability Concerns
in collaboration with University Human Resources,
the University of Michigan Health System, and University Health Service.

All events are free and everyone is welcome.
If accommodations are needed, contact
at least one week in advance.

CE credits will be available for sessions as indicated in descriptions.*

For location information, see the Campus Information Center map.

Wednesday, October 1

7 - 8:30 p.m.
Belief, Hope and Generosity in the Workplace: Hiring Individuals in Recovery (click to learn more)
Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman's
Location: Ann Arbor District Library, Main Branch

Wednesday, October 8

Two Topics:
Topic 1 -
Treatment of Eating Disorders
Renee Dawn Rienecke Hoste, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, U-M Medical School and Director of Clinical Services and Research, U-M Comprehensive Eating Disorder Program

In this session, participants will learn how to identify early signs and symptoms of eating disorders, explore family-based treatment for eating disorders, and gain an understanding of diagnostic criteria for eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and other specified feeding or eating disorders.
.5 CE available for Nurses and OTs.


Topic 2 - Potential Benefits and Adverse Effects of Mediated Social Capital
Muzammil Hussain, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Researcher, Institute for Social Research Center for Political Studies

This session will provide an overview of some of the leading theories and frameworks for understanding how socio-political group behavior functions in digital environments. Participants will also learn about case studies and contexts where digitally-mediated social capital have been observed to impact participants in beneficial and detrimental ways depending on homogeneous and heterogeneous network dynamics.

Location: Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery, Room 100

Monday, October 13

5-7 p.m.

The Anonymous People (film)
The Anonymous People is a 90 minute feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. The film has closed captions and is shown free of charge.

Location: U-M Ross School of Business, Colloquium Room (6th level)

Thursday, October 16

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Addiction 101
Mark Ilgen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, U-M Department of Psychiatry and Research, Investigator, Department of Veteran Affairs

This session will provide an overview of some of the leading theories for how addiction develops/progresses. Participants will also learn about available treatment options and information about the potential efficacy of these approaches.

1.5 CE available for Nurses and OTs.

Location: Rackham Building, West Conference Room (4th floor)


Friday, October 17

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Addiction: Understand it. Overcome it.

James Balmer, President, Dawn Farm
Matthew Statman,  Program Manager, UM Collegiate Recovery Program/UHS
Kathleen Robertson, Manager, Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Lena Gray, Educator, M-Healthy
Douglas Weaver, Director of Patient Financial Counseling and Registration, Facilitator

Panelists will discuss substance abuse problems including causes, conditions, and outcomes stressing hope, healing, and recovery with U-M and local resources.  There will be a question and answer period. A box lunch will be provided.

1 CE available for Nurses and OTs.

Location: Danto Auditorium, U-M Cardiovascular Center

Monday, October 20

Substance Use and Nurses:  Risks, Rights, and Responsibilities
Professor Stephen Strobbe, U-M School of Nursing

Substance use and related disorders can have devastating consequences for anyone, including nurses.  This session will discuss the risks, rights, and responsibilities of all nurses as they relate to substance use and addictions. 
1 CEU available for Nurses and OTs.

Location: U-M Hospital Ford Auditorium


3 - 5 p.m.
Hidden (dis)Abilities in the Classroom

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) Players

In this session, the CRLT Players present a series of vignettes designed to prompt conversation around a range of issues related to learning disabilities--and student disabilities more generally--in college classrooms. Following the performance of each vignette, participants are challenged to identify strategies by which they can create more inclusive learning environments.  This event is free but registration requested: at

Location: Great Lakes Room, Palmer Commons

Tuesday, October 21

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Super Service Dogs
Locations: Diag near Graduate Library, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

1 p.m.
Animal-Human Bond, a Conversation and Demonstration
Kristine Siefert, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Social Work
Deb Davis, Community Engagement Manager of Paws with a Cause
This event features a discussion on the importance of our connection with animals and includes a short video and a presentation by service dogs and client from Paws with a Cause.

Location: U-M Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery (Room 100)

2 p.m.
Gentle Yoga

Wendy Dolan-Morawa, Educator, M-Healthy

This is a workshop for individuals who prefer seated or gentle yoga. Persons with physical challenges are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Location: Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery, Room 100

Wednesday, October 22

1:30 p.m.
Recovery - A Personal Story
Eric Hipple, U-M Depression Center (former Detroit Lion)

Eric tells the true story of his playing career with the Lions, his bouts with depression and details the warning signs of teens who have died from suicide. Hipple's son died by suicide when he was 15 years old, which is why Eric is so dedicated to talking and teaching about this subject.

Location: U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR), Room 1430

Thursday, October 23


The Anonymous People (film)
The Anonymous People is a 90 minute feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. The film has closed captions and is shown free of charge. Registration is required here:

Location: U-M School of Social Work, Education Conference Center (ECC)


2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Knox Adaptive Technology Rededication Ceremony

The Knox Center is the University of Michigan's computer lab designed to meet the computing and information technology needs of people with temporary or permanent disabilities, which recently moved to an expanded location on the second floor of the Shapiro Library. It is named for Jim Knox, the Center's founder and first director. This event will feature short presentations by some of Jim's family members and representatives of the U-M community, and an opportunity to tour the Center. Refreshments will be served.

Location: Shapiro Library, in front of Room 2064

Friday, October 24

9:30 a.m. - noon
James T. Neubacher Award 
and Certificates of 
Appreciation Presentation Ceremony

Presentation of Certificates of Appreciation followed by Neubacher Award presented by U-M Regent Julia Darlow. Refreshments at 9:30 AM.      

Location: Rackham Building, Assembly Hall 4th floor

Monday, October 27

4:30 - 6 p.m.
U-M Students in Recovery Panel

Facilitated by Matthew Statman, Program Manager of the University Health Service Collegiate Recovery Program, U-M students in recovery will tell about their experiences with addiction and recovery.

Location: Rackham Building, Assembly Hall 4th floor


Sunday, November 9

6:30 pm

Army vs Navy Wheelchair Basketball Game

Including: UM Dance Team, UM Tri-Service Color Guard, UM Men’s Glee Club, 338th Army Band, and Grand Marshall: Mike Lantry

Location: U-M Crisler Center  (free admission; open to all)



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