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  • Abilities Expo, "enhancing the lives of people with disabilities," will be held in several cities in 2013:
    • New York, May 2-4, 2014
    • Chicago, June 27-29, 2014
    • Houston, July 25-27, 2014
    • Boston, September 5-7, 2014
    • San Jose, November 21-23, 2014
    For more information about Abilities Expo, click here.

  • Join the National Council on Disability for "Sharing Great Ideas: Pioneering the Next Wave of Disability Policy" on May 4-6, 2014. This quarterly meeting will be at the Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley, CA. Link to website and link to more information.

  • United Theological Seminary and Ginghamsburg UMC's 2014 Light the Fire conference, "The Fullness of Christ: A Church for All People" will be May 7-8, 2014. Conference information.

  • United Spinal will conduct a free webinar, "Acess to VA Caregiving Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities" on May 7, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. Link to registration and information.

  • The Stavanger International Conference on Disability, Illness, and Religion will be May 7-9, 2014, in Norway. Click here for more information.

  • The 2014 International Congress on Medieval Studies will be May 8-11 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A panel discussion on disability in medieval drama is planned. Click here for more information.

  • Western Michigan University will conduct a conference "Religion, Health, and the Body in North America" on May 15-17-2014. For information, .

  • The Pacific Rim International Forum on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is May 17, 2014, in Honolulu HI. Click here for more information.

  • The 30th Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity will be in Honolulu HI, May 19-20, 2014. Click here for more information.

  • "Welcoming People with Disabilities in Faith Communities," a collaborate course from Central Baptist Theological Seminary and University of Missouri-Kansas City will be June 9-14, 2014. Link to website.

  • The 27th annual meeting of the Society for Disability Studies will be June 11-14, 2014, in Minneapolis. The theme is Disability (and) Sustainability. Click here for more information.

  • The fifth annual Summer Institute on Theology and Disability will be June 16-20, 2014 in partnership with Highland Park UMC and the Perkins School of Theology in Dallas TX. Conference information.

  • The International Conference on Universal Design will be June 16-18, 2014, at the Ingvar Kamprad Design Centre, Lund, Sweden. Click here for more information.

  • The Special Needs Family Resource & Information Fair will be September 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at North United Methodist Church, 38th and Meridian Streets, Indianapolis.

  • Disabled and Proud: Dare to Dream will be October 18-19, 2014, at Syracuse University. Any college student or prospective student is welcome. Link to website.

  • The World Summit on Destinations for All will be October 19-22, 2014, in Montreal, PQ. The theme will be "Tourism, Culture, and Transportation for People with Restricted Physical Ability." Click here for more information.

  • The United Nations General Assembly has named March 21 World Down Syndrome Day. This date was chosen because Down syndrome occurs when there are three copies of the 21st chromosome.

  • The United Nations General Assembly has designated April 2 each year as World Autism Awareness Day.
    Autism Speaks will conduct the Light It Up Blue observance on that day. Click here for more information.

  • The Disability Policy Seminar will be April 13-15, 2015, in Washington DC. Click here for more information about the seminar.

  • April 15 is National ASL Day, remembering the first Deaf school opening in 1817. Link to website.

  • The Disability Policy Seminar will be April 11-13, 2016, in Washington DC. Click here for more information about the seminar.

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