July Is Disability Pride Month

In July, we recognize and celebrate all people with disabilities who, according to the WHO, make up 16% of the world’s population. Some are born with disabilities, and others may develop them later in life; but these differences are what makes us human and they should be acknowledged, valued, and respected. 

Read below to learn more about the history of Disability Pride Month and ways to observe. 

Why July?

On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. This law prohibited discrimination against people with disabilities, enabling them to fully participate in all aspects of society. The law was put into place to combat ableism, discrimination against people with physical, intellectual, or psychiatric disabilities.

The day has been commemorated ever since, with the first Disability Pride Parade taking place on October 6, 1990 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Defining disabilities

A disability is defined as a condition of the body or mind (impairment) that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities (activity limitation) and interact with the world around them (participation restrictions). Disabilities can be both visible and invisible. 

Learn more about the different types of disabilities. 

Ways to celebrate

There are a number of ways to observe Disability Pride Month. See below for a few ways to celebrate:

Check out this article from The Arc for even more inspiration. 

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