Disability Pride Month is celebrated every July and is a time to amplify the voices of the disabled community and shine a light on the history, accomplishments, and struggles of the population. Disability affects nearly 1 in 4 adults in the United States, and the diverse disabled community has faced an uphill battle in terms of equality, acceptance, and opportunity. This month, take the time to educate yourself on this important topic– starting with our overview below!
What is the history of Disability Pride Month?
Disability Pride started as a day of celebration in 1990, which is the year that the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. The day of celebration transformed into a pride month in July 2015, which was the 25th anniversary of the ADA. The ADA was significant in breaking down barriers disabled people faced in being included in society, but the fight for disability equality is far from over.
How can I celebrate Disability Pride Month?
Many cities around the country host festivals, marches, and more to celebrate Disability Pride Month. You can learn about the lives and challenges of those with disabilities through films and shows like CODA, Crip Camp, Wonder, and Love on the Spectrum. Talk to your friends and family about Disability Pride Month, and spread the word about all that you’ve learned. Additionally, you can reach out to your local elected officials about policies that will strengthen the quality of life for disabled people in your area.
What are ways that I can be a disability ally?
The biggest way to be an ally is to leverage your ability to promote accessibility and the inclusion of disabled people in everyday life. You can do this by:
Advocating for accessible environments, workplaces, and public spaces
Creating equitable employment opportunities that support disabled people
Acknowledging and respecting the experiences of disabled people
Opening the floor for disabled people to share their stories and needs
What are disability-focused organizations I can donate to this month?
Several of Be-Roll’s previously featured nonprofits in the “Dream Job Alert” segment are supporting the disability rights movement in unique, impactful ways. Consider donating to: