Every year in July, Disability Pride Month celebrates persons who experience disability, their identities and culture, and their positive contributions to society.

The event aims to change the way people think about disability. It promotes all types of disability as a natural part of human diversity. Disability Pride Month has been celebrated in the United States since July 1990 when the Americans with Disabilities Act came into law. Today, it is celebrated around the world, including in Canada, where 22 per cent or 6.2 million Canadians live with a disability.

“Disability is not only an identity, but also a community with a diverse culture all their own to be proud of and celebrated. Disability culture is about visibility and self-value. Disability Pride Month is a time for recognizing these facts and listening to people with disabilities.”

Disability Pride Flag

In 2019, the Disability Flag designed by Ann Magill began to circulate during Disability Pride Month. The flag was revised in 2021 to this current design.

Meaning behind each design element:

  • All six flag colors: Disability spans borders between nations
  • Black background: Mourning for victims of ableist violence and abuse
  • Diagonal Band: Cutting across the walls and barriers that separate disabled people from society
  • Red Stripe: Physical disabilities
  • Gold Stripe: Neurodivergence
  • White Stripe: Invisible and undiagnosed disabilities
  • Blue Stripe: Psychiatric disabilities
  • Green Stripe: Sensory disabilities
Alt text: Image of rectangular Disability Pride flag with black background and diagonal stripes that are red, yellow, white, blue and green.

What does disability mean to you?

For Disability Pride, Kello Inclusive, a disability-focused talent and media company, invited five persons experiencing disability to write one page about what disability means to them. You can read their full responses on the Kello website. The photo series was produced by Kello Inclusive (www.kelloinclusive.org), photographed by Tilly Nelson (www.tillynelson.com) and illustrated by Maggie Roman (www.maggieroman.com).


The Article originally appeared at: https://www.supportedemployment.ca/disability-pride-month/


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