Investing in Ability events explore stigma, stereotypes and bullying

October 5, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Announcements,

The U-M Council for Disability Concerns’ annual Investing in Ability series begins October 5. Throughout the month, Investing in Ability events explore the impact of stigma, stereotypes and bullying on members of our community.

Highlights of the events include expert speakers who will discuss topics ranging from the impact of language on stigma and stereotyping to bullying in the workplace and the schoolyard.. Additional events include a prize-winning documentary about his son by a UM alumnus, a discussion of stigma about mental health in the Muslim community, and a personal narrative by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein.

Investing in Ability Week events also include popular favorites such the opportunity to interact with service, assistance, and therapy dogs. The week also features the presentation of the James T. Neubacher Award along with Certificates of Appreciation, a Ceremony that will take place 10 a.m. Oct. 30 at Rackham Building, Assembly Hall, fourth floor.

Investing in Ability is held in collaboration with University Human Resources and the U-M Health System. All activities are staged in accessible locations. They also are free of charge and open to all members of the university community and the public. For special needs, please write disability@umich.edu, 24 hours in advance.

Events include:

  • Oct. 5 – Stigma about Mental Health in the Muslim Community
    Farha Abbasi, M.D., noon-1 p.m., Gallery, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
  • Oct. 9 – Bullying in the Workplace, Loraleigh Keashly, Ph.D., 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Cardiovascular Center, Danto Auditorium
  • Oct. 13 – First Generation U-M Student Panel
    Moderator, 2014 Neubacher Award recipient Lloyd Shelton, noon-1 p.m., Gallery, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
  • Oct. 16 – Comics, Graphic Medicine and Stigma Awareness
    Panel discussion, 3-5 p.m., Gallery, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
  • Oct. 19 – Suicidal Ideation is Scary for Everyone
    Kelly Pahle, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., School of Social Work, Room 1840
  • Oct. 27– Panel of students from Active Minds
    Noon-1 p.m., Gallery, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
  • Oct. 27 – Ask Me If I’m Okay: Conversations About Mental Illness in the Workplace
    1-2 p.m., Gallery, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
  • Noon-2 p.m., Gallery, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
  • Oct. 29 – Poetry Reading by Petra Kuppers, Stephanie Heit, noon-1 p.m., Gallery, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library

More information including a complete list of events available at ability.umich.edu/iaw.

RELATED STORIES

Accolades and Milestones Vanpools

Upcoming Events