Lecturer Laura Yakas is the recipient of a 2022 James T. Neubacher Award Honorable Mention. The U-M Council for Disability Concerns established the James T. Neubacher Award in 1990 as a memorial to Jim Neubacher, a U-M alum who was a columnist for The Detroit Free Press and an advocate for equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. Through his advocacy, he sought to “raise a little consciousness” and “raise a little hell!” The award is presented annually in October during Disability Community Month.
"I'm especially moved by the validating feedback about my anti-saneism/disability justice work,” said Yakas. “Anti-saneism is my passion and purpose on this planet, and it has historically been marginalized within social work — so to be recognized and nominated explicitly for this by members of our SSW community feels amazing!"
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