2020 Disability Awareness Month

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Every year the President's Commission on Disability Issues organizes the October Disability Awareness Month.


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Workforce Recruitment Program Info Session

FRI Oct. 2 and THURS Oct. 8 | 4 - 5 PM | Zoom | Register at go.umd.edu/wrp2020
Are you a student with a disability or neurodiversity interested in an internship or employment with the federal government? Register for WRP 2020 and University Career Center information sessions.

Adapting Courses to Maximize Accessibility

MON Oct. 5 | 10 - 11 AM | Zoom | Register at https://go.umd.edu/5zY
Join faculty, staff, alumni, students, & others to learn about their recent project experience redesigning a course to be delivered 100% online while maximizing accessibility.


MON Oct. 5 | 5 - 6:30 PM | Zoom | Register at https://go.umd.edu/bdlm
On this panel, we host activists from the #BlackDisabledLivesMatter movement to discuss the reframing of diversity, equity, and inclusion that accompanies thinking from the complexities of race and disability.

Mental Health Awareness Week

MON Oct. 5 to FRI Oct. 9 | Zoom | Info at go.umd.edu/mhaw20
Join the UMD Counseling Center and other campus partners for a week of activities related to self-care stress management mental health awareness breaking the stigma.

DIY IT Accessibility: The Six Essential Steps

WED Oct. 7 | 10 - 11 AM | Zoom | Register at https://go.umd.edu/DAM20ITaccessibility
In this webinar, we will give an overview of the six areas that have the greatest impact on making your online content more accessible.

Terps Take Care Fair

WED Oct. 7 | 11 AM - 1 PM | Zoom | Info at http://blog.umd.edu/terpstakecare/fair/
In its fourth year, the Fair is an interactive event that strives to raise awareness about mental health, promote healthy self-care strategies, reduce stigma surrounding mental illness and help-seeking, and connect participants to the wider community of support available to them.

Adaptive Sports Panel with Medstar Adaptive Sports and Fitness

TUES Oct. 13 | Event recording coming soon.

Join representatives from the Medstar Adaptive Sports Program to learn about adaptive sports, their program, and how you can get involved. Students, staff, and faculty interested in adaptive sports are welcome!

Disclosure and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities and Neurodiverse Students

WED Oct. 14 | 5 - 6 PM | Zoom | Register at http://go.umd.edu/disclosure2020
Are you thinking about disclosure or accommodations in an internship or on the job? Let us help you sort out the confusion and complexities. Join us and bring your questions and concerns.

Dismantling Disability Stigma: An Open Dialogue with Students with Disabilities

MON Oct. 19 | Event recording coming soon.
Join a panel of UMD students for a conversation about breaking the stigma that surrounds disability. Members of the non-disabled community, here is your chance to ask the questions you may not have wanted before, and anyone who wants to learn is welcome to attend!

Movie Club: A Discussion on Disability Rights

TUE Oct. 20 | Find the event recording at https://go.umd.edu/movieclubDAM-20recording.
We invite you to join Dr. Paul Jaeger and members from the UMD community for a discussion on disability rights, in response to the documentary "Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution" and this summer's UMD ADA 30th Anniversary Webinar with Judith Heumann

Voices of Disability: Connecting Through Personal Stories

THUR Oct. 22 | Event recording coming soon.
We invite our disabled community and anyone who has experienced disability in any way (as parents, siblings, friends, allies, professional, other) to share their stories with our UMD community. Come hear their stories or sign up to share yours!

What I Wish My Teacher Knew About My Disability

WED Oct. 28 | 9 AM - 9 PM | Digital projects posted at http://seemeumd.wixsite.com/wiwmtk
Campaign is a research-based project that centers disability within the larger context of diversity and inclusion through visual representation and targeted conversation. Student's digital projects will be available for viewing throughout the day on October 28, 2020.

Siblings Panel: A Panel Discussion with Siblings of People with Disabilities 

MON Nov. 2 | 12 - 1 PM | Zoom | Register at https://go.umd.edu/siblingspanelDAM20

Siblings may play an integral role in promoting and supporting their siblings with a disability; an often overlooked perspective is the sibling experience of disability. This panel will explore the sibling experience of disability through personal stories, life choices, and the enduring role of advocacy siblings share. 

Disability Community Affinity Space 

THUR Nov. 5 | 5 - 6 PM | Zoom | Register at https://go.umd.edu/disabilityaffinitynov5
PCDI Student Advisory Committee is hosting the first of many Student 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.


CART services will be provided for all events. Please contact PCDI at pcdi@umd.edu if you have any questions or need to request any accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in the events. 

Thank you very much for your participation in the 2020 Disability Awareness Month!