Monday, February 8, 2021

Register Now! - UMD Disability Summit (April 2021)

April 12th - 14th, 2021 (online)
Access and Crisis: Disability and the Collapse of Everything
#DisabilityUMD #2021DisabilitySummit

In the wake of the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act many are questioning how to continue to carry this energy forward. How can we foreground access in crisis? There are many skills that we need to carry into the ‘new normal’ which must center intersectional applications of racial and disability justice. 
Join us at this year’s conference by registering at

Interested in volunteering to help with the Disability Summit? Register at
We welcome you to bring your vision of inclusive and accessible resources, skills and actions that can propel the disability justice movement forward. 
The twinned crises of a global pandemic and a re-awakening to systemic racial injustice have reignited previously illuminated disparities for the disability community, compounded by a violently exclusionary presidential administration. These crises simultaneously highlight the marginalization of and provide new opportunities for disabled people. Now, it is a time of absurd, but very real, paradoxes. The “disposability” of certain bodies over others has elucidated deep ableism that undercuts both American, and global culture. While this has been met with resistance as well as widespread institutional change, just how many members of society are willing to recognize disability as part of social justice remains an unanswered question. Accommodations that were thought impossible for people with disabilities have now been made widely available. A swath of American employees can now work from home, yet the return to some sort of normalcy is also a threat to the health of many.

The UMD Disability Summit is calling for proposals for presentation at this year’s summit.  For more information, please go here: Proposals are due by February 11, 2021. 

If you have any questions, please email the organizing committee at