UMD Disability Summit 2017: 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.