Former CSG president wins award for work with disability rights

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 3:04pm

Former Central Student Government President Cooper Charlton, a University of Michigan alum, has been chosen as the 27th recipient of the James T. Neubacher Award. The award is given in honor of James T. Neubacher, an advocate for disability rights, for a student who has been an advocate in this area. It includes a stipend issued by the Office of the President.

At a ceremony in Rackham Hall on Oct. 26, during a campus Investing in Abilities Week, University Regent Mark Bernstein will present Charlton with the award.

This week of events at the University includes educational programs to increase awareness about disabilities. 

In a press release, Charlton said his time navigating campus after an ankle injury helped him empathize with other disabled students on campus through his own experiences.

As well, in 2014, Charlton co-founded the Wolverine Support Network in honor of a fellow student-athlete’s suicide. The organization aims to destigmatize disabilities and places students into peer groups wit others who are also in need of mental health support.

Public Policy senior Thomas Hislop, a CSG representative during Charlton’s tenure on the assembly, said he was proud when he heard the news of Charlton’s award. He said though there is still a lot of work to be done in these areas, he believes that Cooper has paved the way for future progress.

“Cooper has done incredible work on this campus for students with disabilities and I was really pleased to see him recognized for his work,” Hislop said.