Events Calendar

Practicing the Wesleyan means of grace though conference, scholarship, and studying

  • January 8, runs through February 2: online workshop, “Surviving the Caregiver Marathon with Grace”. Link to registration.

  • Abilities Expo, a free event, will be in several cities. Link to website.
    • January 19-21, 2018, Toronto
    • February 23-25, 2018, Los Angeles
    • May 4-6, 2018, New York
    • June 29-July 1, 2018, Chicago
    • August 3-5, 2018, Houston
    • September 21-23, 2018, Boston
    • October 26-28, 2018, San Mateo

  • March 1: Annual National Day of Mourning for disabled people killed by family members or others. Link to website.

  • 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.

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

  • The 18th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability Conference: Ohio State University, Columbus, April 17-18, 2018. Link to website.

  • Indiana Conference Mission & Justice Expo, with Disability Advocacy Team, April 21, 2018, Grace UMC, Franklin, 0900-1530. Link to website.

  • May 17, 2018: Global Accessibility Awareness Day is the third Thursday each May. Link to website.

  • Summer Institute on Theology and Disability: June 11-14, 2018, Raleigh NC. Link to website.

  • July 22-29, 2018: UMCD-UMDHM-ECD-ELDA joint meeting, LasVegas NV. Advance information.

  • The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is December 3.

  • The Accessibility Summit will not meet in 2018. Next conference is April 5-6, 2019. Link to website.

  • August 2-6, 2021
    Fifth Global Methodist Missions Conference, Rio de Janeiro (Teresopolis), Brazil.


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