July is Disability Pride Month
Since 1990, Disability Pride Month has been celebrated across the United States each July. In fact, the first disability pride parade was that year in Boston. The month already has significance to the disability community with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in July of 1990.
Above, is the Disability Pride Flag. Designed by Ann Magill, a woman with a disability, each of the strips represents a different part of the disability community.
Red: Physical Disabilities
Yellow: Cognitive and Intellectual Disabilities
White: Invisible and under-diagnosed Disabilities
Blue: Mental Illness
Green: Sensory Perception Disabilities
You may see a different version of the disability flag circulating around this month. The flag was redesigned by Ann last year after it was discovered that the design could trigger seizures when scrolling through it on a phone.
This is a month for us all to reflect on how we can include people with disabilities in our daily lives.
Progress towards full, inclusive lives for all has been made, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Be a part of that change.