Diversity & Equity Newsletter
July is Disability Pride Month
Having a strong sense of pride in your identity as a disabled person has been shown to grow self-esteem and make it easier to navigate and subvert the stigma surrounding being disabled. Engaging in a community of people who are also proud of their disabled identity helps each person to cope, as well as strengthens the community. A strong community makes it easier to push for better services, more accessibility, and take care of one another.
Disability Pride Month is officially recognized by a few states and cities, but not nationally (yet.) As the Disability Rights Movement continues, hopefully, we will see more official recognition for the month-long celebration.
Take some time this month to find disability pride organizations around you, and maybe attend some events celebrating disability and the impact disabled people have on their community! Check out some links that are shared below for more information about Disability Pride.
The Meaning of the Disability Pride Flag
In October 2021, Ann Magill and other members of the disability community redesigned the Disability Pride Flag. The previous design has bright colors and a lightning bolt, which could cause seizures if you scrolled past it too quickly. The new flag uses muted colors and straight lines for more accessibility for people with light sensitivity or who may have seizures.
Each part of the flag has a meaning, intended to celebrate the history and diversity of the disability community. Those meanings are:
- The Black Field: A color of mourning and rage; for those who are victims of Ableist violence, and also rebellion and protest
- The Five Colors: The variety of needs and experiences of the Disability Community (Invisible and undiagnosed disabilities, physical disabilities, neurodivergence, psychiatric disabilities, sensory disabilities)
- The Parallel Stripes: Solidarity within the Disability Community and all its differences
- The Diagonal Band: “Cutting across” barriers that separate disabled people; creativity and light cutting through the darkness
Click here for more information about the new Disability Pride Flag.
Disability Independence Day
This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the signing of the ADA. Many disability organizations are holding events to celebrate the ADA, our accomplishments as a community, and look towards the future and what changes still need to be made for the disability community to have true equity and liberation in our society.
Book Suggestion - "All The Way to the Top"
Interviews & Articles
2022 Disability Unite Festival
This year’s theme is “A Future Of Inclusion”. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, our world is undergoing fundamental restructuring. “A Future Of Inclusion” envisions humanity entering a world where inclusion is embraced on every level, and highlights that the time is now to build a future where we can live the life we want.
For more information or to sign up, click here!
Sunday, Jul 17, 2022, 12:00 PM
Naumburg Bandshell, West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10019, USA
- A Chance to 'Amplify One Another': What is Disability Pride Month? - USA Today
- Disability Pride Month: Disability Is Broader Than You Think - Psychology Today
- "I am not ashamed" - USA Today
- Understanding Disability Pride Month - VeryWellMind
- Celebrating Disability Pride Month - American Bar Association
- Disability Pride PA Resources: Books, Movies, Podcasts & More!
- Independence Day For Americans with Disabilities - NPR