August 11, 2023

Docs with Disabilities Initiative: Access In Medicine Book Club

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

October 11, 2023 

  • Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Assigned Chapter: Chapter 1: So, What Is Disability, Anyway?
  • Moderators: 
    • Susan Mann Dolce, University at Buffalo
    • Rosezetta Henderson, University of California, Irvine

November 15, 2023

  • Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Assigned Chapter: Chapter 2: Understanding Disability as Part of a Whole Person
  • Moderators:
    • Liz Thomson, University of Minnesota Morris
    • Laura Clemmons, University of Vermont

December 13, 2023

  • Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Assigned Chapter: Chapter 3: An (Incomplete) Overview of Disability History
    • Ellen Kaplan, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    • Brandie Bentley, University of Michigan

January 10, 2024

  • Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Assigned Chapter: Chapter 4: Ableism and Accessibility
  • Moderators:
    • Andrea Delizoll
    • Suchita Rastogi, Stanford University

February 14, 2024

  • Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Assigned Chapter: Chapter 5: Disability Etiquette
  • Moderators:
    • Karen Andrews
    • Matt Sullivan

March 13, 2024

  • Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Assigned Chapter: Chapter 6: Disability in the Media
  • Moderators:
    • Patricia Anderson, University of Michigan
    • Diana Cejas, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

April 10, 2024

  • Time: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Q and A with the Author
  • Moderators:
    • Lisa Meeks, University of Michigan
    • Michelle Meade, University of Michigan

Funding Information

This book club series is sponsored by Docs with Disabilities Initiative "Access In Medicine," University of Michigan Center for Disability Health and Wellness, Michigan Medicine, and the University of Central Florida. This book club series is also supported by a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR #90RTHF0005).