UMD Disability Summit 2017

April 21, 2017, 9am - 4:30pm

The University of Maryland, College Park
Stamp Student Union, Colony Ballroom and Charles Carroll Room

Disability in a Polarized Nation

The 2016 presidential campaign brought negative perceptions, attitudes, and representations of disability to the forefront of public discourse. Now, 25 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities - and all of those who study, teach about, and provide services related to disabilities - are confronting the question: Why does bias against people with disabilities remain socially and politically acceptable?

Last year, attendees included folks from a range of universities, local governments, state governments, funding agencies, federal agencies, and non-profit and advocacy groups. Topics addressed last year included the design of physical structures and the challenges of home ownership, special education, usable and accessible technologies, diet and nutrition, the justice system, online environments and wearable technologies, and more. The Summit will feature presentations, posters, and technology displays, as well as the presentation of disability service awards by the President’s Commission on Disability Issues.

We hope you will be able to join us for this important event, which is helping to build a true cross-disciplinary and community of disability studies at the University of Maryland and in the region.


Registration is now closed. Thank you for the overwhelming interest!


The UMD Disability Summit is a free conference (with free food) as a result of the support from our wonderful sponsors:

If you or your organization would like to join as a co-sponsor of the UMD Disability Summit, please contact Dr. Paul Jaeger. Sponsorships include the opportunity to host a table for your organization at the summit.

If you have any questions regarding the UMD Disability Summit, please e-mail