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Disability Pride Month

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Did you know that July is Disability Pride Month?

No? Well not many do, even though it has been celebrated for over 30 years.

So, we decided to find out more.

The origins of this can be traced back to “The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)” which was passed on July 26, 1990, to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities. Following this legislation, Boston held the first Disability Pride Day event in July 1990 and Disability Pride Month was born.

So since then, Disability Pride events have been celebrated in July in many American cities.

Pride in the context of disability will mean different things to different people. Some say it’s about being visible, others say it’s  a month to celebrate each other’s uniqueness and take pride in who we are; being disabled gives a unique perspective of the world and can make disabled people great problem solvers and innovative thinkers- skills which have been honed over the years  to overcome many obstacles faced in daily life.

Did you know there is a Disability Pride flag?

It was created by Ann Magill, a disabled woman, and each coloured element symbolises a different part of the disability community.

⚫️ represents the disabled people who have lost their lives due not only to their condition, but also to negligence, suicide, and eugenics;

? represents physical disabilities;

? represents cognitive and intellectual disabilities;

⚪️ represents invisible and undiagnosed disabilities;

? represents mental illness; and

? represents sensory perception disabilities.

Last year the flag was redesigned based on feedback that the original lightning bolt design created a strobe effect and posed a risk for people with epilepsy and migraine sufferers. The image below is the new design.

How many of you are aware of Disability Pride month? Is your organisation or are you doing something to mark this? What does disability pride mean to you?

#disability #disabilitypride #didabilityprideflag #july2022 #disabilityawareness

Mandy Aulak

Talem Law


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