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Marking Disability Pride Month

Ever since the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, the month of July has been celebrated as Disability Pride Month. The Disability Pride concept underscores the message that people with disabilities “embrace their full identity, including their disabilities.” Events, including a number of parades, are held in communities across the nation and have expanded to other countries, such as South Korea, Norway, and the United Kingdom. These occasions, as well as a Disability Pride flag, recognize people with all types of disabilities and communicate how individuals must navigate barriers and demonstrate creativity and initiative in their efforts. This special month provides an opportunity to “shine a spotlight” on the disability community. The RDPFS Resources for Partners Bulletin will highlight events and other news as the month of July unfolds. For more information, read the blog item from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) on Celebrating Disability Pride Month, the feature from Accessible Festivals on Disability Pride Month and Why It Is Important, and the Wikipedia listing on Disability Pride Month.