November 3, 2022

U-M CDHW Members and Partners to be Honored During 2022 Neubacher Awards

Congratulations to U-M CDHW Co-Director Dr. Michael McKee, and U-M CDHW partner UMAISE for being named among the 2022 Honorable Mentions as part of this year's James T. Neubacher Award ceremony. Full details about the award and event can be found here.


James T. Neubacher Presentation Information

ASL and CART services will be provided.

Date: Friday, November 4, 2022

Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Zoom Link

Passcode: 050030


U-M CDHW Honorees Information

Dr. Michael McKee

Dr. Michael McKee is the Director of MDisability, a group that focuses on all aspects of improving the lives of persons with disabilities – clinical, educational, scholarly, community and policy-based, in primary care. He also serves as the co-director of the Center for Disability Health & Wellness, which aims to develop and apply innovative research, clinical, and educational strategies to address inequities in healthcare access, quality, and outcomes experienced by disabled individuals. While his work covers a broad swatch of disability issues, he has a particular focus on Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. He developed a model Deaf Health Clinic, provides ongoing monthly Deaf and hard-of-hearing community talks on various health topics and launched an ASL course for first-year medical students that covers communication as well as legal and cultural issues related to caring for Deaf patients. Dr. McKee’s investment in the disability and healthcare spaces has earned him recognition from both his students and his peers, who appreciate both his professional accolades and the personal respect and intentionality he brings to client care. 


The University of Michigan Adaptive and Inclusive Sports Experience (UMAISE)

The University of Michigan Adaptive and Inclusive Sports Experience (UMAISE) provides a variety of recreational opportunities for the disabled community, including everything from martial arts to adaptive fishing. Their offerings cover traditional sports, like basketball and tennis, as well as unique opportunities for both leisure and exercise like adaptive tree climbing. Serving over 200 people, these programs advance the rights and visibility of disabled people and ensure that disabled athletes have a safe space to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Melissa Tinney, a U-M CDHW member is part of the four member executive board.  The UMAISE team works hard year-round to make these programs successful, striving to grow the program and continuing to offer new sports and recreational activities each season. And their work doesn’t end at the edge of campus; UMAISE has also worked with Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation and the City of Troy to help them expand programming that is inclusive and fun.