Oluwaferanmi Okanlami, MD, assistant professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as the director of Medical Student Programs in the Office for Health Equity & Inclusion, at the University of Michigan, will present “Disabusing Disability” from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Prem Sahai Auditorium, MERF.
A former Academic All-American athlete at Stanford and a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, Okanlami’s life was changed forever in 2013 when he experienced a spinal cord injury during his third year of medical residency at Yale University.
Today, as an entrepreneur, lecturer, disabilities advocate, and medical faculty member at the University of Michigan, he is committed to creating opportunities for others and demonstrating that “disability” does not mean “inability.”
He is the current director of Design the Future: Midwest—a summer program that teaches high school students to utilize design thinking and entrepreneurship to create solutions for problems facing people with disabilities. In addition, Okanlami is breaking new ground in collegiate adaptive sports at the University of Michigan, with an initial focus on wheelchair basketball. By embracing diversity and inclusion, this program will not only benefit elite student-body athletes with disabilities, but also provide opportunities to engage in adaptive sports for the entire student body and greater campus community.
This event is co-sponosred by the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum, the Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, and the Association of Multicultural Scientists.