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Support the Summit

The UMD Disability Summit is an affordable, accessible and inclusive conference open to the public thanks to the ongoing, dedicated support from our wonderful sponsors.

Why Get Involved?

Disability summit

This unique cross-disciplinary and cross-disability gathering draws over 200 participants at each event, including representatives of a range of universities, local governments, state governments, funding agencies, federal agencies, and non-profit and advocacy groups. Your organization will be featured in our program, on our website, on banners, and mentioned during opening and closing remarks. It reaches hundreds of innovative thinkers and brands your organization as a forward-thinking advocate of inclusion for all people with disabilities.

What do we need to further our mission?

In order to continue building a stronger and more inclusive research and educational community for people with disabilities, we need additional resources to take our vision and make it a reality. Our biggest priorities are to ensure the summit is affordable and accessible for all. It is important that this summit isn’t just about disability but a platform for collaboration for people with disabilities. We have a goal to fully fund the summit so those with disabilities can participate with no financial burden to themselves. The total cost for the event, including accessible web platforms, recording and captioning for moderated conference and networking sessions, interpreters, and digital support for d/Deaf, hard of hearing, and blind or low vision attendees is $40,000.

Giving Levels

Title Sponsor

Helps support:
ASL Interpreters; CDI Interpreters;
Scholarship Fund for Disabled Students at UMD; Virtual Event Space & Networking

Your name and logo on all electronic materials; all promotional materials circulated to Summit attendees (digitally) including website; resource fair highlights; digital content made available; mention in all press releases, opening and closing remarks; offer to speak during opening or closing; mention during all panels; survey data collection on requested attendee demographics provided.

Fearless Sponsor

Helps support:
Keynote speakers: UMD alumni Dr. Ashley Shew and Dr. Angel Love Miles;
ASL Interpreters;
Captioning on all sessions

Your name and logo on Summit website; and in the virtual program as well as a mention when introducing interpreters and during panels your support enabled; survey data collection on requested attendee demographics provided all promotional emails circulated to Summit attendees.

No Barrier Sponsor

Helps support:
Accessible technology services; Captioning and Recording all sessions for Accessibility Studies Archive; Participate in Resource Fair

Your name and logo on website; and in the virtual program as well as a mention during panels your support enabled single promotional email circulated to Summit attendees.

Accessible Sponsor

Helps support:
Free attendance to low-income individuals

Your name and logo on the website, and in the virtual program.

Advocate Sponsor

$100 or in-kind
Helps support:
Presentation awards

Your name and logo on the website.

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Last update: Jun 08, 2021

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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.