The President's Commission on Disability Issues

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Statement of Purpose (May 2007)

Established in 1986, the President’s Commission on Disability Issues is responsible for advising the President on issues of concern to people with disabilities. The Commission investigates and studies these issues as part of the University’s commitment to the full participation of all members of its community in the educational, cultural, and social life of the campus. Its mission is to recommend steps that will help the University create a respectful, inclusive and universally accessible environment for people with disabilities.



Upcoming Event

October is Disability Awareness Month!

The President’s Commission on Disability Issues is pleased to announce a list of events this year to mark Disability Awareness Month here at the University of Maryland. During the month, there are a number of interesting and informative sessions related to a variety of topics centered on disability and accessibility. Additional events and activities from other campus departments and organizations will be posted here as they become available.View flyer for more details.


Kickoff Party with "Margarita with a  Straw" Movie

Friday October 6, 1-4 pm

STAMP Union, Student Involvement Suite 0207 

Join EDSP220 and our community for a gathering to discuss the future of disability identity in America. We will show the Toronto Film Festival and 4-time international award winning film “Margarita with a Straw.” 


Do You Dream in Color?

Thursday, October 12, 4-6 pm

Edward St John Bldg., Room 0201

The National Federation of the Blind presents the coming-of-age story of four courageous blind high school students as they strive to prove that their disability will not hold them back from achieving their dreams. Movie followed by panel with audience question and answer.


Using ELMS Accessibility Tools

Friday, October 13, 10 am - 12 pm

Edward St John Bldg., Room 1103

Learn how to use several powerful tools available within ELMS to ensure the accessibility of course content. Register at 


RadAccess Workshop

Monday, October 16, 2-4 pm

McKeldin Library, Special Events Room 6137

Join this interactive workshop which offers the basics of ableism and what radical access and disability justice means. This workshop is meant for people in solidarity with disability justice movements.


Yoga for Peace: honoring ourselves and our community

Tuesday, October 17, 12-1 pm

Behind University Chapel (inside Chapel if inclement weather)

Join us for a moment of silence, meditation and gentle yoga for peace and compassion toward ourselves and our community.


Exploring Goalball

Friday, October 20, 4-5::30 pm

McKeldin Library Room 6107

Goalball is the exciting and emerging team sport designed specifically for blind athletes. This panel will offer attendees an opportunity to learn about Goalball and interact with experts and players of the sport. 


Capital City Goalball Tournament

Saturday & Sunday, October 21 & 22, 9 am - 5 pm

School of Public Health Gym 2101

Tournament organized by the Metro Washington Association of Blind Athletes. Recreational and competitive sports opportunities should be open to everyone, regardless of their ability to see. Enjoy this exciting game and meet blind athletes and their sighted peers.



Wednesday, October 25, 4:30 - 6 pm

Career Center Room 3135, Hornbake Bldg., South Wing

You know the drill. The Sharks have the last word. Students solve real world problems in teams and compete for the #FEARLESSINCLUSION award.  Bring a team or pair up on the spot.  Major employers/business Orgs will judge your idea or product and deliver the verdict. 


Disabled Heroes in Video Games

Thursday October 26, 4-6 pm

McKeldin Library Room 7121

Try Perception and HellBlade video games, which include disabled heroes and engage in a discussion about disability in the media.  No previous experience with video games required.


PCDI Town Hall: Fostering a Community of Disability at UMD

Friday October 27, 12:30-2 pm

Edward St John Bldg., Room 1202

Disabled students, faculty, and staff members of UMD — as well as friends, family, and allies — are invited to this town hall discussion about how to grow, strengthen, and sustain a community of disability at the University of Maryland. 


Workforce Recruitment Program:  Get an Internship! Get a Job!

• October 2, 12 noon Hornbake South 3135c
• October 11, Webinar (check events calendar for details)
• October 12,  4:30–5:30pm Hornbake South 3134

The WRP recruitment and referral program connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with accommodations or disabilities eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. Come meet the WRP Campus Coordinator and learn more:


For sign language interpretation, please contact the ADS Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator, Cassandra Lytle at 301.314.7209 or at least 2 weeks prior to the listed event.


For more information or to request additional accommodations, please contact ADS AT Lab Coordinator Dan Newsome at: 301.314.7958 or




Faculty Panel on Disability Studies - March 11, 2015

The President’s Commission on Disability Issues hosted a panel to discuss how this university approaches disability studies. Read More.​ 

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