Image Description: The Disability Pride Flag by Ann Magill with muted green, blue, white, yellow, and red colors as straightened bars that travel diagonally from upper left to bottom right, displayed on the left of the image. To the right in the same colors it says July is Disability Pride Month. End Description.

Did you know that July is Disability Pride Month?

By celebrating Disability Pride Month, we are reminded of the significant milestone of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law on July 26, 1990. This groundbreaking legislation marked a pivotal moment in our nation’s history, ensuring equal rights and opportunities for individuals with disabilities. In honor of this historic event, disability advocates nationwide established July as Disability Pride Month.

What is Disability Pride Month?

Disability Pride Month is a time dedicated to celebrating the culture, contributions, and diversity of people with disabilities. It emphasizes self-acceptance, resilience, and promoting a positive self-image among individuals with disabilities. This event provides an opportunity to honor the history, achievements, experiences, and struggles of the disability community.

The Importance of Consistent Advocacy and Awareness

Despite progress, discrimination persists for 1 in 4 U.S. adults living with a disability. Throughout July and beyond, institutions across the country spotlight inspiring stories demonstrating the possibilities of inclusion to strive for a world where everyone can live full, self-determined lives regardless of ability.

2024 Theme: “We Want a Life Like Yours”

This year’s theme, “We Want a Life Like Yours,” resonates with the dreams of the disability community for equal life experiences. Throughout July, we encourage all memes of our campus community to share and showcase the stories of friends, families, and community members thriving as persons with disabilities.

Self-Guided Initiatives for Honoring Disability Pride Month

What Does Disability Pride Mean To You?

Share your answer to help amplify voices and foster meaningful conversations about disability pride and empowerment. Post your answer to the question above on your social media platforms using the hashtag: #DisabilityPrideMonth