Disability Pride Month, observed in July, is a month-long celebration dedicated to promoting the pride, self-acceptance, and achievements of individuals with disabilities, and it coincides with the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The ADA, enacted on July 26, 1990, is a landmark civil rights law in the United States that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and promotes their equal access to employment, public accommodations, transportation, and more.
Disability Pride Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness about disability rights, advocate for inclusion and accessibility, and challenge societal stigmas and misconceptions surrounding disabilities, all while commemorating the transformative impact of the ADA. Through various events and initiatives, Disability Pride Month aims to empower individuals with disabilities to embrace their unique identities and contributions, fostering a more inclusive and accepting society for all.
Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, there are various ways to participate in this empowering movement. Join us as we explore some fantastic ways to embrace Disability Pride Month this July and foster a more inclusive society for all.
Attend a Disability Pride event. There are many Disability Pride events happening in the Bay Area this month. These events are a great way to celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities and to show your support for the disability community.
Volunteer with a disability-related organization. There are many disability-related organizations in the Bay Area that need volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and to learn more about the disability experience. Hope Services is the leading provider of services for individuals with developmental disabilities in the Bay Area, and we offer volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Learn more here.
Learn about the history of the disability rights movement. The disability rights movement has a long and rich history. Learning about this history is a great way to understand the challenges that people with disabilities have faced and to celebrate the progress that has been made. Take a look at this article reminding us how the Bay Area community played a critical role in the disability rights movement: 31 Years Ago, Berkeley Disability Activists Sparked A National Movement
Have a conversation with someone about their disability. One of the best ways to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions about disability is to talk to people with disabilities. Ask them about their experiences and what it means to them to be disabled.
Use inclusive language. When you’re talking about people with disabilities, use language that is respectful and inclusive. Avoid using terms like “handicapped” or “disabled person,” which can often be used as stigmatizing labels. Instead, use people-first language like “person with a disability” which identifies the individual first as a person, and acknowledges their disability second.
Support businesses that empower people with disabilities. There are many businesses in the Bay Area that are operated by, or benefit, people with disabilities. Supporting these businesses is a great way to show your support for the disability community. Click here to see our recommendations!
From attending inspiring Disability Pride events to engaging in meaningful conversations, volunteering, and supporting businesses owned by people with disabilities, the Bay Area offers a vibrant platform to celebrate and uplift the disability community.
Learn more ways to celebrate and empower individuals with disabilities at www.hopeservices.org/how-you-can-help