The first event in a virtual colloquial series -- Toward an Anti-Ableist Academy -- begins on Monday, October 4 at 10 a.m. with keynote speaker Dr. Oluwaferanmi Okanlami.

Coinciding with Disability Community Month, the virtual series invites the campus community to learn more about creating a welcoming University climate that actively works toward embracing disability culture and experiences. Ableism is defined as discrimination and social prejudice against people with disabilities and/or people who are perceived to be disabled.

These virtual events encourage open dialogue and discussion with students, staff, faculty and disability experts, providing opportunities to learn about best practices that ensure the disabled community can fully participate in campus life at the University of Michigan.

Visit the website Toward an Anti-Ableist Academy for more information.

Events Calendar

October 4, 10 AM-11:30AM 
Kickoff Event & Keynote |  Watch Online

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Oluwaferanmi Okanlami is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Urology at Michigan Medicine, and the Interim Director of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) and Director of Adaptive Sports & Fitness within the Division of Student Life at the University of Michigan. He also serves as the Director of Adaptive Sports in the Michigan Center for Human Athletic Medicine & Performance and is the Spokesperson for Guardian Life in their Equal & Able Partnership. [Biographical Information courtesy of Michigan Medicine]

October 5 | Disability Studies Futures at University of Michigan

October 6 | Seeing Invisible Disabilities in the Classroom: Visions from Three Perspectives

October 8 | I’m Not Ableist; That’s Crazy!

October 13 | Dismantling Ableism across Academic Spaces and Hierarchies

October 15 | Neurodiversity & Campus Climate Panel

October 20 | Beyond Stairs & Chairs: Making Spaces More Physically Accessible

October 21 | Pt. 1 Assessing Workplace Culture Through a Disability Lens & Pt. 2. Intentional Recruitment of U-M Students

October 25 | Beyond Compliance: Graduate Students with Disabilities- Needs Assessment & Promoting a More Inclusive & Accessible Campus Culture

October 27 | Requesting Accommodations

October 28 | Closing Session: Embracing Disability Culture @ UM