HopePunk: Persevering, Building Community, Chasing Hope
Table of contents
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What makes the UMD Disability Summit Unique?
The UMD Disability Summit prioritizes accessibility, and therefore we have maintained a free and open space for scholars, researchers, activists, and allies. Founded by Dr. Paul Jaeger and Dr. Stephanie Cork in 2016, leadership has always been shared by disabled and nondisabled community advocates. In creating a free cross-disability, cross-disciplinary space the UMD Disability Summit is unique and would not be possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors. Donations from our sponsors support accommodations for attendees and presenters including American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) closed captioning services, as well as honoraria to recognize the time and expertise of our keynote speakers, who help to draw in a diverse group of attendees. We will strive to ensure that the Summit continues to provide a forum for engaging conversations and networking across and within the disability community in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and beyond. (will obviously change this up before the summit)
The Summit Program
In total the Summit featured 20 presentations or panels plus five pre-recorded sessions, opening and closing keynotes, a spoken word workshop, and the President’s Commission on Disability Issues (PCDI) Awards ceremony. 44 presenters, 10 moderators, and over 25 volunteers, in addition to the 8 members of the Summit Organizing Committee, pitched in to make this event possible. (will be adjusted once 2023 summit is over)
Who registered and attended?
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will be adjusted once accessibility data is given for 2023 summit
Positive Experiences and Takeaways
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Opportunities for Improvement
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President's Commission on Disability Issues (PCDI) Awards
Since 1988, PCDI has recognized the contributions of individuals and campus groups, departments, or other organizations that have had an impact on the lives of the disabled community at the University of Maryland. Since 2017, these awards have been given biennially, in conjunction with the UMD Disability Summit. This year’s award winners are: (will be updated once this year’s awards winners are announced)
Summit Organizing Committee
We are very grateful for our organizing committee, this summit would not be where it is today without them and their hard work. The Summit organizing committee began planning for this year’s summit in [insert date]. Members include faculty, staff, and graduate students from the University of Maryland and UMD alums from other institutions in Maryland and Ontario, Canada.