September 13, 2023

Docs with Disabilities Initiative: Access In Medicine Book Club

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm


Watch the first session of the book club on YouTube

The Docs with Disabilities Initiative "Access In Medicine" will be launching their third book club on September 13, 2023, which will highlight Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally, by Emily Ladau.

 This work is an approachable guide to being a thoughtful, informed ally to disabled people, with actionable steps for what to say and do (and what not to do) and how you can help make the world (and health professions education) a more accessible, inclusive place.

How do the meetings work?

Each meeting will be moderated by experienced disability equity professionals who will facilitate a discussion of each chapter. Emily will even join us to discuss the book at the conclusion of the event!

The goal of our book club is to empower health professions education stakeholders (e.g., DEIA/JEDI teams, DRP's, staff, and faculty) to become thoughtful, informed allies to disabled students. 

How do I sign up and what do I need to participate?

  1. Register for the meeting series. RSVPs are required.
  2. Obtain the book from your local library or preferred bookstore. 
  3. Read the assigned chapter before each session date (see schedule below).
  4. Attend the meeting to learn from peers and experts.

Accessibility and Accommodations

Meetings will be held virtually via Zoom and captioning will be provided for each meeting. Please request accommodations two weeks in advance of each meeting. Requests for ASL can be made when you register. For other accessibility or accommodation requests please email

Meeting Schedule

September 13, 2023

  • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Assigned Chapter: Introduction: Why do we need to demystify disability
  • Moderators:
    • Sarah Triano, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
    • Reshawna Chapple, University Central Florida


Find out more information in this article.