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2021 Disability Summit Program

An Event Itinerary will be sent to registrants via email during the week of April 5th, 2021. This will contain the Zoom links for each session and other important information. The event is free but registration is required in order to get access to the event.

Keynote Speakers

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2021 Disability Summit is presented by:
University of Maryland President’s Commission on Disability Issues and Trace Research & Development Center

April 12 DAY 1
9:00 AM-10:00 AM Welcome and Opening Keynote -
Dr. Ashley Shew
10:30 AM-1:00 PM SESSION 1: Disability Represented as Crisis
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Cinematic Portrayals of Disability as Ongoing Crisis
Dr. Petra Anders
11:10 AM-11:40 AM Canceled
A Form of Racialized Neuronormativity:
The Reading of Racial Stereotypes on Neurodivergent Bodyminds
Rudolph P. Reyes III
11:50 AM-1:00 PM Whose Story is it Anyway?
Kathleen McGoldrick, Sharon Cuff & Stephanie Patterson
1:30 PM-3:30 PM SESSION 2: Policing the Disabled Body
1:30 PM-2:00 PM Tourette’s Syndrome and Tic Disorders: What Law Enforcement Needs to
Raymond Nardella
2:10 PM-3:30 PM Decriminalizing Behavioral Health
Marcella Holloman, Lauren Young & Thomas Hicks
4:00 PM-5:00 PM SESSION 3: Spoken Word Workshop
4:00 PM-5:00 PM Poetic Exploration: Allies, Accomplices & Ableism
Dr. Naliyah Kaya

April 13 DAY 2
9:30 AM -12:30 PM SESSION 1: Being Seen
9:30 AM-10:05 AM A New Tool for Making Computers Usable by Those Who Cannot
Dr. Gregg Vanderheiden
10:15 AM-10:45 AM Hidden Disability: Seeking Support and Understanding for
Endometriosis in an Online Community
Jessica Chaikof
10:50 AM-11:15AM Essential Yet Disposable: Food, Flowers, and Filth in the Pandemic
Dr. Rebecca Monteleone
11:25 AM-12:30 PM Parenting During the Storms: Experiences of Parents with Disabilities
Raising Children During COVID & Social Turmoil
Denna Lambert & Dr. Beth Douthirt-Cohen
12:45 PM-1:15 PM

University of Maryland Internal PCDI Awards Presentations
Presented by Dr. Georgina Dodge, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Maryland

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM SESSION 2: Accessibility in a Pandemic
1:30 PM-2:00 PM Inheritance and Access
Dr. Jonathan Flowers
2:10 PM-2:40 PM Steps to Creating Accessible Courses
Dr. Sandy Saperstein & Sacha St-Onge Ahmad
2:50 PM-3:20 PM Queer Theory, Accessibility, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in
the Classroom
Dr. Kristin LaFollette
3:30 PM-4:00 PM Accommodating Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Strategies to
Support Service Providers
Dr. Terri Massie-Burrell & Dayna Geary

April 14 DAY 3
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SESSION 1: Self Advocacy
9:00 AM-9:30 AM The Better Way: Disabled Students Navigating Self-Advocacy in
Postsecondary Education
Emunah Woolf
9:40 AM-10:00 AM Stories of Disabled Student Organizing Through Time: A Case Study
Dani Pryke
10:10 AM-10:35 AM Turning Complaints into Advocacy
Adith Thummalapalli
10:45 AM-11:15 AM Young Adults shaping the Disability Social Justice Movement
Alyssia Jackson, Erin Mayo, Julia Nessman & Savannah Trevino-Casias
12:45 PM -2:00 PM SESSION 2: Activism Across the Globe
12:45 PM-1:20 PM Main Aspects of Violence Against Women and Girls with Disabilities
Madona Kharebava
1:30 PM-2:00 PM Madness: Respons-ability Against Crude Power (Iran)
Dr. Sona Kazemi
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM SESSION 3: Moving Toward an Inclusive Future
2:30 PM-3:00 PM Making and Breaking in a Disabled World
Dr. Kelly Fritsch & Dr. Anne McGuire
3:10 PM-3:55 PM Trace Center at 50 – Accomplishments, Lessons Learned, and Future
Dr. J. Bern Jordan, Dr. Hernisa Kacorri, Dr. Jonathan Lazar, Dr.Amanda Lazar & Dr. Gregg Vanderheiden
4:30 PM-5:30 PM Final Thoughts and Closing Keynote -
Dr. Angel Love Miles
Pre-recorded sessions

The 2021 Disability Summit has been possible due to the dedicated support of our wonderful sponsors!

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Recording the Summit:

We will be recording all sessions and providing the links several weeks after the Summit. In order to get access to the UMD Disability Summit recordings, please fill out the registration form.

Last update: Sep 15, 2021