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UMD Main Campus Commencement Ceremony

The University of Maryland is committed to promoting the full participation of all individuals with disabilities in the commencement exercises.

General information: Visit the UMD Ceremony Accessibility website.

  • Requesting Accommodations: Guests attending the Campus-wide Ceremony who need accessibility accommodations or have questions regarding the accommodations may contact the Office of Special Events at or 301.405.4638.
  • Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request. Please contact the Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS) at 301.314.7209 or to make arrangements.
  • Accessible Parking: Those with handicap parking permits may park in any available handicap parking space on campus. ADA accessible parking is available via the north entrance of Stadium Drive Garage. Check interactive maps for accessible parking.

May 20, 2022 | 12:00 pm | Maryland Stadium

Gates will open 1hr prior to the ceremony. Tickets are required (one student ticket & up to four guest tickets per graduate).

Questions? Visit

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Celebrate Autism!

Join us for a conversation with Katie Gandy, Maryland's first Statewide Coordinator for Autism Strategy. Refreshments will be served. 

April 28 from 5 PM - 6:30 PM | Marie Mount Hall, Maryland Room

Please RSVP at Masks are strongly encouraged.  

Questions? Contact Nancy Forsythe at

The event is sponsored by Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS), Center for Transition and Career Innovation (CTCI-College of Education), College of Behavioral & Social Sciences (BSOS), College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS), Counselling Center, Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE-College of Ed), President's Commission on Disability Issues (PCDI), A. James Clark School of Engineering, Social Interaction Group Network for ALL (SIGNA), Robert H. Smith School of Business, TerpsEXCEED, and University of Maryland Autism Research Consortium.

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RecWell Climbing Wall Adaptive Climbing Opportunity

RecWell's Climbing Wall values inclusion and is committed to creating spaces that are accessible to all members of the UMD community. To foster community for underrepresented groups, we are hosting affinity spaces at the climbing wall throughout the spring semester. Affinity spaces can be a place for underrepresented people in a community to come together to feel less isolated and more connected.

No sign up is required! Participants can simply show up at the Eppley RecWell climbing wall. They should be wearing comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes.

April 22 from 12 PM - 2 PM

More details about the event are available from the 2021 news article, UMD Rock Wall Hosts Disability Affinity Space.

Questions? Please contact Meghan Loughry at

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"On Display" by choreographer Heidi Latsky 

The University of Maryland is co-hosting an International Workshop on the Neural and Social Bases of Creative Movement at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia. This workshop will bring together scientists and artists from around the world to consider the relationship between the brain, dance, and creative movement more generally.

Our goal is to recruit 20–30 University of Maryland faculty, students, and staff (as well as community members) who are interested in issues surrounding difference, body image, and disability to take part in the events. If you are interested in performing, please fill out this form and we will be in touch.

April 8 from 10 AM - 12:30 PM | McKeldin Mall West (near the library)

April 9 from 12 PM - 1:30 PM | Wolf Trap conference


More details about the events are available at or the MarylandToday article, Creative Movement, 'On Display'

Questions? Please contact Patrick Warfield (

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The Circle - Centering the Disability Community

The Circle is a monthly restorative space to center those impacted by identity-based trauma. All UMD members are welcome into The Circle, acknowledging that we are holding space for one another as we share with vulnerability and humility. Restorative circles derive from indigenous ancestral wisdom as a means for individual and community healing.

March 10 | 4 - 5 PM | Zoom | Register

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2022 Day of Mourning 

A candlelight vigil to remember the people with disabilities murdered by caregivers.

People with disabilities are twice as likely as non-disabled people to be victims of violent crime. Every year, the national media covers dozens of stories about murders of people with disabilities by family members or caregivers, and many more go unnoticed. 

March 1 | 12  - 1 PM | Zoom | Register at

For more information, please visit 

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2021 Disability Awareness Month

Every year the President's Commission on Disability Issues organizes the October Disability Awareness Month. Join us for a month full of events.

Please contact PCDI at with questions or if you need accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in the events.


Disability Summit Program

The 2021 Disability Summit program is LIVE!

Please find the program at

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UMD Disability Summit 2021- Access and Crisis: Disability and the Collapse of Everything

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.

For more updated information, please check

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Disability Day of Mourning Virtual Candlelight Vigil

Each year PCDI hosts the vigil to remember, mourn and celebrate people with disabilities killed by family members or caregivers. Live captions and ASL will be provided. For more information, please visit

Join us on Monday, March 1 from 4 to 5 PM on Zoom.

Please register at

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Recordings from Disability Events (2020)

Browse the list of events related to the 30th anniversary of the American Disabilities Act, adapting courses to maximize accessibility, Black Disability Lives Matter movement, adaptive sports, dismantling disability stigma, and more. 

Find the listing at

McKeldin Library

October 2020 - 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

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October 2020 - 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