Disability Pride Month

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Disability Pride Month

July 26, 2024, marks the 34th anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is a landmark piece of legislation that protects the fundamental right to equal opportunity, economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and equitable participation in every aspect of life for Americans living with disabilities.

What began as a celebration of this day eventually became a month-long observance focused on celebrating the achievements, contributions, and unique experiences of people with disabilities. Disability Pride Month aims to promote visibility and awareness, breaking down the barriers of stigma and discrimination that often surround disability. By highlighting the diverse talents and perspectives of individuals with disabilities, Disability Pride Month increases representation of disabled people and fosters a more inclusive society where everyone can thrive.

In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of people with disabilities, Disability Pride Month serves as a platform for advocacy and education. By encouraging conversations about accessibility, rights, and equality, disabled people and advocates can work toward systemic changes that support full inclusion. Events, parades, and educational programs held throughout the month provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their allies to connect, share stories, and work toward a more equitable future for all.

The disability pride flag is flown during July to represent awareness, inclusion, and the history of the fight for disability rights. Designed by Ann Magill, each color has a meaning:

  • Gray background: In memory of disabled people who have passed due to violence, neglect, suicide, and illness
  • Red: Physical disabilities
  • Gold: Cognitive or intellectual disabilities and neurodivergence
  • White: Invisible or undiagnosed disabilities
  • Blue stripe: Psychiatric disabilities
  • Green stripe: Sensory disabilities

The stripes cut diagonally across the background to represent people with disabilities breaking societal barriers, while the parallel arrangement of the stripes represents solidarity between these communities.

This month, you can participate by using the resources below to learn more about the disability community, working to better understand disability rights and inclusion, and participating in local events.

Always remember that INSPYR Solutions provides Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) to all without regard to disabilities or any other demographic factors. If our Human Resources team can help to accommodate your disability in any way, don’t hesitate to reach out for support.

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