“An Ingenious Way to Live”: Fostering Disability Culture in Higher Education

Panel event with Q & A

“Disability is not a great struggle or ‘courage in the face of adversity.’ Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live.” -Neil Marcus

In this panel event, scholars and practitioners discuss opportunities for ingenuity as a growing number of higher education institutions shift toward an intersectional cultural model of disability.

Panelists:

Dr. Stephanie Kerschbaum (she/hers), a U-M National Center for Institutional Diversity scholar in residence and associate professor of English at the University of Delaware whose work includes understanding experiences of disability and difference within academic and institutional culture.

Lloyd Shelton (he/him), U-M School of Social Work alumnus who founded Students with Disabilities and our Allies Group (SDAG) and received the 2014 Neubacher Award for his contributions to advancing disability inclusion on U-M’s campus.

Piotr Pasik (he/him), Director of Adaptive Recreation at Michigan State University who teaches courses on integrated wheelchair sports, uses adaptive sports to cultivate disability inclusion, and has helped propel MSU’s adaptive sports facilities to the top of the Big Ten.

liz thomson (they/them), University of Minnesota-Morris’s Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Director of Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Programs with 20+ years of higher education experience, including teaching women’s studies and Asian American studies, whose current research focuses on the new phenomenon of disability cultural centers in US higher education.

Moderated by Ashley Wiseman, Co-Chair of Disability Culture at U-M, with welcoming remarks from Dr. Robert Adams, Director of U-M Initiative on Disability Studies.

 
Accessibility information:
The RSVP form (located here) includes an opportunity for you to tell us about your access needs and how we can ensure you are able to access the event. You can also reach out to Ashley Wiseman (wisemana@umich.edu).        

Language and Rhetorical Studies Conference

Join us for a conference on “Language, Rhetoric, and Digital Publics: Making Space for All.”

Cheryl Ball, Director of the Digital Publishing Collaborative at Wayne State University, and Erika Sparby, Assistant Professor of English at Illinois State University, will present keynote talks.

Ethics of Prison Work

The Carceral Studies RIW warmly invites you to a panel and workshop exploring how we navigate the ethics of our work in carceral settings or in communities affected by the carceral state. 

We invite broad, interdisciplinary discussions: How can we examine the ethics of our research, teaching, activism, and/or community engagement in a number of related fields? 

Our day will consist of a morning panel featuring: 
– Liat Ben-Moshe, Feminist Disability Studies Scholar and Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois, Chicago 
– Aaron Suganuma, Executive Director of A Brighter Way 
– Ashley Lucas, Associate Professor of Theatre & Drama and the Residential College, and Director of The Prison Creative Arts Project 

After lunch, we will have breakout sessions with panelists in which attendees can continue discussions raised in the morning panel and share their own questions about navigating the ethics of their particular projects. 

Poet, musician, and artist Cozine Welch will share his work before our morning panel! Breakfast and lunch will be served. Please RSVP to help us better prepare for the event.

Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit

Event flyerAllies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit is a traveling exhibit designed to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities through respect for others, comfort during interactions, and awareness of disability issues. Using a multi-media approach to demonstrate respect, comfort and awareness, the exhibit offers suggestions for becoming disability allies and educators.

It has been twenty years since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and almost forty years since the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Both of these laws protect against discrimination of people with disabilities by requiring equal access to employment, education, goods and services.

Americans have progressed in their attitudes and behaviors toward people with disabilities; however, there remain questions and concerns about appropriate communication, comfort level, and inclusive practices.

When it comes to interacting with individuals with disabilities, people ask:
“What should I do?”, “How should I respond?”, “Is it okay to say that?”, “How can I become an ally?”; Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit will attempt to answer some of these questions.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to experience The Ability Exhibit when it visits the Institute for Social Research (426 Thompson St.) 

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event or have any questions, please contact Anna Massey at abeattie@umich.edu.

Allies for Inclusion: Allies for Inclusion Workshop

Dr. Karen A. Myers

Event flyerThe Allies for Inclusion is a ninety-minute workshop offered to faculty, staff and students who want to learn more about disability-related issues and are interested in becoming disability allies. Through various interactive activities and presentation, attendees will be able to:
-Demonstrate inclusive language and understand its importance.
-Know the difference between the letter of disability law and the spirit of disability law.
-Understand the concepts of Universal Design, Universal Instructional Design, and Universal Design for Student Development.
-Be able to identify areas of their campuses and communities that are not universally designed or accessible.
-Appreciate and understand the need for ability allies and commit to being an ally for inclusion by advocating for awareness, acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event or have any questions, please contact Anna Massey at abeattie@umich.edu.

About the speaker: 
Karen A. Myers, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Higher Education Administration graduate program at Saint Louis University and co-founder and director of the award-winning international disability education project, Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit, the Ability Ally Initiative workshops, Ability Allies in Action: Pre-Kindergarten-Eighth Curriculum, and The Ability Institute. She has been a college teacher and administrator since 1979 at nine institutions; is an international disability consultant and trainer, author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and books; and teaches her self-designed graduate courses, “Disability in Higher Education and Society” and “Disability Administration in Higher Education.” She is co-founder of the ACPA College Student Educators International Coalition on Disability, past ACPA Foundation Trustee, and co-author of the ASHE monograph, Allies for Inclusion: Disability and Equity in Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2014).

Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit

Event flyerAllies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit is a traveling exhibit designed to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities through respect for others, comfort during interactions, and awareness of disability issues. Using a multi-media approach to demonstrate respect, comfort and awareness, the exhibit offers suggestions for becoming disability allies and educators.

It has been twenty years since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and almost forty years since the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Both of these laws protect against discrimination of people with disabilities by requiring equal access to employment, education, goods and services.

Americans have progressed in their attitudes and behaviors toward people with disabilities; however, there remain questions and concerns about appropriate communication, comfort level, and inclusive practices.

When it comes to interacting with individuals with disabilities, people ask:
“What should I do?”, “How should I respond?”, “Is it okay to say that?”, “How can I become an ally?”; Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit will attempt to answer some of these questions.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to experience The Ability Exhibit when it visits the Institute for Social Research (426 Thompson St.) 

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event or have any questions, please contact Anna Massey at abeattie@umich.edu.

TEDxUofM Salon: Life with Disability

Disability is not a bad word.

Often times, our questions about what life is like when living with a disability go unanswered, because we’re afraid of the topic. TEDxUofM’s goal with this fantastic event, aptly held on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, is to give our community a space for open dialogue to learn about disabilities, help remove stigmas, and better understand the people who live with them beyond their disability.

Our Salon will feature two TED talks and will host a panel of University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students with disabilities and/or who work in the field. They will share their stories with the audience and answer a few of their questions as well during an interactive portion of the night.

TEDxUofM Salons are intimate, discussion-based explorations into specific ideas. They feature a speaker, a few TED talks, and animated discussions and activities to get you thinking about the world around us.

21st Century Transportation: Careers For Students Blind And Visually Impaired

This is a novel 2.5 day conference introducing students who are blind and low vision to emerging careers in autonomous transportation, and to the skills and education needed to securing competitive employment in the transportation industry. The event is of value to anyone interested in accessibility, disability, and the intersection with autonomous transportation.

Our speaker list includes federal and industry leaders in the accessible transportation and blind community. Please visit: http://www.umich.edu/~transportcareersconf/speakers.shtml

In collaboration with:
+ Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons
+ National Federation of the Blind of Michigan
+ Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
+ U-M Mcity
+ U-M Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering

 

Event Website

Language and Disability: An Exploration

Investing in Ability

Panelists: Petra Kuppers, Lloyd Shelton, Dessa Cosma, Pam McGuinty, Luke Kudryashov

This event will explore language and disability experiences through multiple lenses, including poetry, political implications, access to the nuances of English for people with hearing loss, and a discussion panel on linguistic authority, implications of language choice, and building community across differences.

The Council for Disability Concerns produces an annual series of events designed to raise awareness of disability topics on campus and in our community. The events are 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.