During July, communities celebrate Disability Pride by showcasing their contributions and advocating for their rights. Some cities in the United States hold parades to honor the community.
The first Disability Pride celebration took place in 2015 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed on July 26, 1990. The ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in various aspects of public life, allowing them to fully participate in society. Each year, the ADA National Network commemorates this milestone and promotes continued progress in this area.
The disability pride flag, designed in 2019 by Ann Magill and updated in 2021, increases visibility for the community. It features five diagonal stripes of different colors on a black background. The colors represent various disabilities, including physical, neuro-divergent, invisible/undiagnosed, psychiatric, and sensory. The flag symbolizes breaking barriers and mourning the victims of violence and abuse against individuals with disabilities.
For additional information on advancing the dignity, equality, and self-determination of those with disabilities, visit Rooted in Rights.