Last week, members of the Michigan Medicine community came together to focus on transforming health care for individuals with disabilities.
The half-day event – called M.I.G.H.T., or Michigan Inclusion and Growth in Health Care Transformation – included educational talks and calls to action by members of the Michigan Medicine community.
“We wanted to create an event geared toward making Michigan Medicine and the world around us more equitable and inclusive for everyone,” said Clarissa Love, co-lead of the Michigan Medicine Disability Council, which sponsored the free event.
Love was one of several staff members to speak at the event in Danto Auditorium. Her message was simple: Having a disability doesn’t need to be limiting, instead it can be transformative and help you enhance the world around you.
“Those of us with disabilities should see our disability as a superpower,” said Love, who has Spina bifida, a birth defect that often makes it challenging for her to walk. “I truly feel that my disability gives me an opportunity to be more empathetic toward others, and I can use that experience to rub off on other people and create a more compassionate community as a whole.”