Disability Awareness Month

2019 Disability Awareness Month

2019 Events Poster PDF

2019 Events Poster Plain Text (Updated 10.15.19)


Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility: Promoting Success for All Students

THU Sept 26 | 10-11:15 A.M. |Edward St. John Building, Room 0201 | Register at go.umd.edu/UDL2019
Come discuss the distinction and learn more about what you can do to make Maryland the gold standard for educational equity. Topics include: accessibility and universal design, student disabilities and accommodations.

Workforce Recruitment Program Info Session

MON Sept 30 | 12-1:00 P.M. | Hornbake South 3rd Floor | RSVP at go.umd.edu/WRP2019
The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities is a recruitment and referral program that connects public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to contribute and gain experience in the workplace through paid summer or permanent jobs.

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for Disability Awareness

THU Oct 3 | 2-5:00 P.M. | Edward St. John Building, Room 1309 | RSVP at go.umd.edu/wikidis19
Join us to improve and expand Wikipedia articles related to disability. New to editing Wikipedia? Don't worry - training, support, and even snacks will be provided. Bring your own laptop.

Mental Health Awareness Week Film Screening of The S Word

MON Oct 7 | 6-8:00 P.M. | The Hoff Theater | Info at go.umd.edu/thesword
Screening of "The S Word," a documentary film, which tackles one of the most unfathomable issues of our time; suicide. This documentary seeks to amplify the voices of those living after suicide attempts and loss and raise awareness about suicide.

Mental Health Week

MON Oct 7 to FRI Oct 11 | List of events can be found at go.umd.edu/MHAW19
Join the Counseling Center for Mental Health Week, including Move For Your Mood Monday, Breaking Down Barriers Tuesday and Wednesday, Stamp Out Stigma Thursday, and Self-Care Celebration Friday.

Boccia Ball and Tennis with MedStar Adaptive Sports and Fitness

TUE Oct 8 | 3:30-4:30 P.M. | SPH Gymnasium | RSVP at go.umd.edu/medstar
Learn how to play adaptive boccia ball and tennis with MedStar! Adaptive sports equipment available.

Terps Take Care Fair 

THU Oct 10 | 11 A.M. - 2 P.M. | Hornbake Mall | Info at blog.umd.edu/terpstakecare/fair/
Join students, campus departments, and local businesses to learn about self-care practices, wellness resources on campus, and have a discussion about reducing stigma associated with mental illness and mental health treatment.

IT Accessibility 6 Essential Steps: Making Online Content Accessible for Everyone

FRI Oct 11 | 12-1:00 P.M. | Edward St. John Building, Room 1103 | RSVP at  go.umd.edu/6essentialsteps
This workshop will provide an overview of IT Accessibility, and show you how to make online content accessible by implementing accessibility guidelines in six essential components of online content: headings, links, color and contrast, images, tables and captions.

Modeling Universal Design for Learning Through Accessible Course Design

TUE Oct 15th | 12-1:00 P.M. | Edward St. John Building, Room 0201 | RSVP at https://go.umd.edu/ltdlunchandlearn
The DIT Lunch and Learn series will feature Dr. Carolyn Fink, College of Education, who will discuss her journey to develop a fully accessible course in ELMS-Canvas through the use of UDOIT and Design Tools. Lunch provided and registration is required.

Neurodiversity & Disabilities: Negotiating the Transition From Campus to Career

WED Oct 16th | 12-1:00 P.M. | Hornbake South, Room 3100 | RSVP at https://go.umd.edu/campustocareer
Join us for a discussion of disclosure and accommodations in the transition to employment.  Discover resources to think through the decision to disclose and request accommodations, or not, and how to do so if you choose to.

UMD Libraries Accessibility Brown Bag Lunch

MON Oct 21 | 12 P.M. | McKeldin Library, Room 7121 | 
A brown bag lunch to discuss accessibility in the UMD Libraries and the steps we can take to greater address the needs of our patrons and colleagues with disabilities.

Building Accessibility in Your Everyday Online Tasks

TUE Oct 22 | 12-1:00 P.M. | Edward St. John Building, Room 1102| Register at go.umd.edu/EverydayAccessibility101419
Accessibility must be considered whenever we are creating or editing online content. In this session, we will review how to build accessibility into your everyday tasks such as emails, presentations, and ELMS.

UMD Libraries Accessibility Brown Bag Lunch

WED Oct 23 | 12 P.M. | McKeldin Library, Room 7121 | 
A brown bag lunch to discuss accessibility in the UMD Libraries and the steps we can take to greater address the needs of our patrons and colleagues with disabilities.

Advising Students with Disabilities

WED Oct 23 | 12-1pm | Edward St. John Building, Room 1102 | RSVP at  go.umd.edu/advisingswd
We invite UMD Advisors for a discussion on best practices and resources when advising students with disabilities.

What I Wish My Teacher Knew About My Disability

THU Oct 24 | 3:30-4:30 P.M. | TBD | RSVP at https://go.umd.edu/wish
Poster presentation of Professional Writing students reflect on “What I Wish My Teacher Knew About My Disability”, and presents an argument of the validity and importance of Disability Awareness in the classroom.

An Evening with Lonnie Bedwell

THU Oct 24 | 6-7:00 P.M. | Colony Ballroom, STAMP | RSVP at go.umd.edu/lonniebedwell
Lonnie Bedwell is a blind military veteran, extreme adventure athlete, and motivational speaker who works to empower people to live courageously and confidently. Come and hear Lonnie's stories of kayaking the Grand Canyon and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro!

Paddle in the Pool with Lonnie Bedwell

THU Oct 24 | 8-10:00 P.M. | ERC Natatorium | RSVP at go.umd.edu/lonniebedwell
Join Lonnie Bedwell, the first person who is blind to kayak the Grand Canyon for a paddling session in the pool. Adaptive equipment available.

A Conversation on Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction with Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

THU Oct 31 | 3:30- 4:30 P.M. | Tawes Hall 2115 | Register at go.umd.edu/weG
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, editor of Uncanny Magazine's Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction will join us for a conversation about the volume. Uncanny won this year's Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine, making Elsa the first deafblind recipient of the Hugo.

Contact PCDI at pcdi@umd.edu or (301) 405-2608 if you have any questions or need to request any accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in the events, such as seating arrangement, ASL interpreting, assistive listening devices, captioned videos, Braille, handouts in large print or electronic format, etc. Learn more about the President’s Commission on Disability Issues at  https://pcdi.umd.edu--