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McKeldin Library

Disability Community Affinity Space

November 5th, from 5 to 6 PM

PCDI Student Advisory Committee is hosting the first of many Disability Community Affinity Spaces. In hopes to create a strong community for students on campus, join UMD students who identify as a part of the disability community in an opportunity to connect with one another! Share the Disability Community Affinity Space flyer (PDF)

Register at https://go.umd.edu/disabilityaffinitynov5.

McKeldin Library

Celebrating PCDI Co-chair, Dr. Ana Palla-Kane!

Dr. Palla-Kane will be receiving the prestigious President's Distinguished Service Award at the 37th Annual Faculty and Staff Convocation on Monday, October 19 at 3 PM. Please join us in celebrating Dr. Pall-Kane and her accomplishments!

View the event at https://umd.edu/convocation.

Accessibility Globe

October Disability Awareness Month

Held each October, Disability Awareness Month is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's employees with disabilities. The President's Commission on Disability Issues organized a list of events to be held online.

Find the program at https://pcdi.umd.edu/awareness-month.

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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.

Judy Heumann

UMD Celebrating 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

A Conversation with Disability Rights Activist

Judith Heumann 

Judith Heumann is an internationally recognized leader in the disability rights community and a lifelong civil rights advocate, who helped pave the way for the passage of the ADA. Judy served as Special Advisor on Disability Rights for the U.S. State Department under the Obama administration, and she was one of the main organizers of the 1977 HEW 504 sit-in, where nearly 150 disability rights activists demanded that President Carter implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. 

The webinar has been recorded and made available to the public. Access the video with closed captioning services available at https://pcdi.umd.edu/ada-30-years.

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Access and Crisis: Disability and the Collapse of Everything

UMD Disability Summit 2021

During the UMD Disability Summit, we will host an online space to exchange ideas, research, practices for academics, scholars, activists, advocates, allies, practitioners and more.

Please mark your calendars, and save the date for the week of April 12th-14th, 2021.

Call for papers, posters, art, performances, and more will be coming soon.

For more updated information, please check https://pcdi.umd.edu/summit-home.