James T. Neubacher Award

The James T. Neubacher Award is presented annually in October to an individual, or team, affiliated with U-M (student, staff, faculty, or alum) making significant contributions to disability rights. It is given in honor of Jim Neubacher, an alumnus of the University who was a columnist for the Detroit Free Press and an advocate for the equal rights and opportunities of people with disabilities.

This year the Neubacher Award Ceremony took place on November 1st 2024 at 1pm in Weiser Hall on the 10th floor. This event was held as a hybrid (virtual and in-person) event. It was followed by a reception. 

To view the slideshow of honorable mentions please visit: 

For information on the award, recent winners, and to make a nomination for the next awards cycle, see the Neubacher Award website. You can watch the previous year's ceremony on the James T. Neubacher website here. 

Disability Community Month

Disability Community Month is an annual series of disability-related events corresponding with the National Disability Awareness Month of October. 

CfDC is put together a calendar of events that went on this Disability Community Month.

To view the calendar of events for October 2023 visit: 

To view the recordings of NDEAM events please visit:

Toward an Anti-Ableist Academy Conference

A virtual colloquial series of events throughout Disability Community Month, Toward an Anti-Ableist Academy invites the campus community to learn more about creating a welcoming University climate that actively works toward embracing disability culture and experiences. The conference was created to provide an update on the work of the Student IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility) Board, their recommendations and the ongoing work to implement them.

The 2022 Conference started on October 20 and featured more than a dozen disability and accessibility advocates. All sessions have CART and ASL interpretation available. Recordings of the 2022 sessions are now available on the conference website.

HearsDustin: Creating a Community Where We Overcome Adversity with a Positive Mental Attitude

A conversation with Dustin Giannelli, a profoundly deaf motivational speaker, about building a community, the importance of communicating effectively within that community, and DEIA education/inclusion.

This event will took place on October 19th in Weiser Hall and virtually from 3-4pm. 

  • View the event flyer here


Council for Disability Concerns Calendar of Events