October 2, 2020

Disability Research Symposium

8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Virtual | Register for the free symposium: http://michmed.org/18x3w

Please contact our office either by phone (734.615.6720) or email (um-disability-health@med.umich.edu) with additional questions.


disability health research symposium


Join the U-M Center for Disability Health and Wellness as we host the inaugural Disability Research Symposium on October 2, 2020 from 8:30AM to 12:30PM ET. 

Through this virtual event, we hope to showcase some of the talented individuals conducting research on disability-related issues from across U-M schools and departments. Equally important, we hope to facilitate networking and discussion on how the research either is being used or can be used to facilitate solutions related to health, functioning, participation and quality of life for those living with disabilities.

The U-M CDHW Disability Research Symposium will consist of TEDx Style presentations highlighting the diverse disability research being conducted at the University of Michigan.  Presentations will be grouped around common themes and will be followed by breakout groups to facilitate networking and discussion. At this time, we are exploring the possibility of offering CE / CME credits for attendees.

By sharing, learning, and networking during this half day event, the CDHW hopes to foster discussion on how research can be used to promote health, functioning, participation and quality of life for those living with disabilities.

Register for the free symposium: http://michmed.org/18x3w

Event Day Schedule

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8:30 am: Welcome – Overview of the Center for Disability Health and Wellness (CDHW)
Mike McKee & Michelle Meade

8:50 am: Task Lighting Preference and Contrast Sensitivity Associated with Choosing Contrast Enhancing Low Vision Devices
Donna Wicker

9:03 am: Shared Understanding Within Care Teams of Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities
Olivia Richards

9:16 am: Heightened Risk of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease Among Adults with Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis, or Spinal Cord Injury
Neil Kamdar

9:29 am: HPV Screening in Women with Disabilities: Scoping Review Search Challenges in a Narrow Research Base
Patricia Anderson

9:42 am: Preparing for Puberty in Girls with Special Needs: Caregiver concerns and patient outcomes
Yueyang Fei

9:55 am: UM Program for Research on Women's Health and Disability (UM PROWHD)
Rebecca Parten

10:08 am: Facilitated Discussion
Breakout groups

10:28 am: Break (7 minutes)

10:35 am: Teens on Trails: Determining the efficacy of a novel employment program for teens with disabilities
Kylie Adams

10:48 am: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Persons with Sensory Disabilities
Alec Bernard

11:01 am: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Adults with Long-Term Physical Disabilities
Lisa Reber

11:14 am: The Role of the Built Environment for Participation among Adults Aging with Physical Disabilities
Philippa Clarke

11:27 am: Understanding the Barriers and Facilitators for Audiology Follow-up: Secondary Analysis of Early Auditory Referral in Primary Care
Kaila Helm

11:40 am: Improving Quality of Life for Older Adults and their Family Caregivers through Team Science

Sheria Robinson-Lane

11:53 am: Break (5 minutes)

11:58 am: Introduction

Noon: Keynote Presentation
Thomas A. Pearson, MD, MPH, PhD, is Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at the University of Florida Health Science Center. 


12:30pm: Official End of Conference
Break (10 minutes)

12:40pm: Lunch Discussion and Networking
Breakout groups

1:30pm: End of Networking and Discussion


About the keynote speaker:

Dr. Pearson received his Doctor of Medicine, Master in Public Health, and Doctor of Philosophy in cardiovascular epidemiology, all from the Johns Hopkins University, where he also completed residencies in preventive medicine and internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology. He holds board certifications in Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Clinical Lipidology. Dr. Pearson is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American College of Physicians, and the National Lipid Association. Dr. Pearson’s major research interests are in the epidemiology and prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, with a special interest in the prevention and treatment of disorders of lipids and lipoproteins. He has actively participated in basic science studies, clinical investigations, and community-based projects. He has previously been Principal Investigator/Program Director for numerous NIH research and training grants, a CDC Prevention Center, and a Clinical and Translational Science Award. He currently directs the Translational Workforce Development and KL2 Programs of the UF Clinical Translational Science Institute.