Happy Disability Pride Month! Disability Pride Month in July started as Disability Pride Day to commemorate the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. It has since turned into a month-long celebration and educational campaign, including parades that occur in cities nationwide. Disability Pride Month is similar to LGBTQ+ Pride since its main goals are to bring awareness to the community and designate a time for people to connect and learn more about the different disabilities that people have.
The Disability Pride flag reflects myriad symbols that include the vast spectrum of disability:
The Black Background: This field is to represent the disabled people who have lost their lives due not only to their illness, but also to negligence, suicide, and eugenics.
The Lightning Bolt: The shape of the lightning bolt represents the lives that many disabled people live, often having to adapt themselves or their physical routes to get around an inaccessible society.
The Colors: Each color on this flag represents a different aspect of disability or impairment:
Blue: mental illness
Yellow: cognitive and intellectual disabilities
White: invisible and undiagnosed disabilities
Green: sensory perception disabilities
Red: physical disabilities
To learn more or participate in some events visit the links below:
Omnium-A Bold New Circus: Extraordinary, Inclusive, Diverse, Multi-Sensory, Accessible Family Circus Experience
How Disability Pride Month Started and What It Means