Disability Pride Month has occurred each July since 1990, coinciding with the anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990. “This month affords us all a great opportunity to lift up the disability community and shine a spotlight on people who are often marginalized, forgotten, or explicitly discriminated against,” according to a recent post in the AFB (American Foundation for the Blind) blog. Parades and other events in many areas have marked the occasion for several years. The pandemic has curtailed much of this activity, although the commemoration of Disability Pride and the ADA anniversary continues and has included virtual celebrations.
A virtual Disability Pride Parade, is occurring tomorrow, July 24. All are welcome to access this virtual event any time after 11 am CDT/10 am EDT. Tune in tomorrow at The Disability Pride Parade Association website. The presentation is also slated to remain available on their website for the coming year.
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is holding its annual celebration of the ADA on July 27 at 7 pm EDT. The event highlights the accomplishments of people with disabilities and a “look towards a future where the goals of the ADA are fully realized.” Special guests include Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation; Congressman Mondaire Jones; Maria Town, President and CEO, AAPD; and Ted Kennedy, Jr., AAPD’s Board Chair. For free tickets, register for the AAPD ADA Celebration.