Past News and Updates

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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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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!

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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