News and Events

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Digital accessibility awareness + workshop

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness (also known as GAAD)!

In the spirit of global accessibility awareness, the University of Maryland will be hosting its first Digital Accessibility Empathy Lab, accompanied by a scavenger hunt. The goal of this event is to increase awareness of digital accessibility fundamentals, gain perspective on how users with disabilities interact with the web, and how we as a community can work together to create inclusive digital experiences for all users.

June 23, 2022 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm via Zoom | Register: go.umd.edu/DEL

For more information, visit https://pcdi.umd.edu/other-events/digital-accessibility-empathy-lab

Questions? Please contact Allison J. Dickinson at allison1@umd.edu .

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Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) Symposium 2022

This signature gathering brings together hundreds of faculty, students, and industry colleagues, and includes presentations on innovative research including UX and accessibility, demonstrations of new technologies, and discussions by key leaders in the HCI field.

Stay tuned for updates on the schedule, location, and registration at https://hcil.umd.edu/2022-symposium/

May 26, 2022 | Program

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Wheelchair Tennis Program

JTCC, a tennis center in College Park, offers free weekly wheelchair tennis clinics on Sundays from 1-3 pm. The clinics are open to people with disabilities of all ages, from beginners to experienced players. Sports wheelchairs and tennis rackets are provided. Wheelchair tennis has only one difference between its able-bodied counterpart – the tennis ball may bounce up to two times instead of just once. Everything else - the scoring, size of the court, equipment – is the same, and you can play the sport with anyone whether they are playing in a wheelchair or not! The qualification to compete in official competition is a permanent disability that affects mobility at or below the waist. If you do not have a qualifying disability but are still interested in learning more about the sport or volunteering, you are more than welcome to attend!

Sundays | 1-3 pm |  Register

For more information, visit https://pcdi.umd.edu/other-events/wheelchair-tennis-program 

Questions? Please contact Gabby Hesse at ghesse@jtcc.org


Disability Community Affinity Space

The PCDI Student Advisory Committee's (SAC) mission is to amplify the voices of UMD students with disabilities and their advocates, and to create a platform for those people to form bonds and propose change.

PCDI SAC will host bi-weekly Student Disability Community Affinity Spaces in Spring 2022. If you identify as part of the Disability community, please come join us! These meetings will provide an opportunity for us to connect, socialize, and support each other (including by sharing resources).

Email pcdi-sac@umd.edu if you are interested in joining and you will be invited to the next meeting! Please share the PCDI SAC PDF Flyer with students who you think may be interested in joining!

coronavirus 19

COVID-19 Guidance to Our Community With Disabilities

A message was sent to the university from Dr. Chetan Joshi, Director of the University Counseling Center, and Dr. Ana Palla-Kane, Director Senior IT Accessibility and UX Specialist in the Office of Academic Technology & Innovation, Division of IT on Friday, March 27, 2020. It provides resources for teaching online, accommodations, counseling service, and more.

Read the letter at https://pcdi.umd.edu/covid-19.


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