Disability Culture at U-M, in partnership with the Disability Alliance and Caucus at Virginia Tech, will host an online vigil on March 1st at 7 PM EST for the annual Disability Day of Mourning. CART, ASL, and on-site therapists will be available. This event is free and open to the public.

Over the last 5 years, more than 700 disabled people have been murdered by their parents and caregivers. National media coverage of the dozens of murders of people with disabilities by their family or caregivers each year too often focuses on sympathy for the murderer. Many others go unnoticed. We will commemorate their lives and remind the world that they had value. In the words of Mother Jones, “Mourn the dead, and fight like hell for the living.” You can learn more at disability-memorial.org.

During the vigil, we will give an overview of the event’s history; share poetry, essays, and speeches regarding the value of disabled lives; and read the names of those we have lost.

Generously Cosponsored by the Council for Disability Concerns and the U-M Initiative on Disability Studies.

Click anywhere in the body of this post to register to attend this virtual vigil on March 1st, 2022 at 7:00PM EST.