July is a momentous month in the disability community. First and foremost, the 26th marks the 32nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and we’ve been celebrating Disability Pride Month all month. As Disability Pride Month comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on how far we’ve come as a community.
The ADA was a landmark moment. Signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, this civil rights law has opened countless opportunities for people with disabilities.
That same year, Boston held the first Disability Pride Parade. Since then, parades have been organized in other major cities across the country, including Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and San Antonio.
In 2015, in celebration of the ADA’s 25th Anniversary, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared July Disability Pride Month in NYC, and the disability community adopted New York City’s declaration.
Disability Pride Month is a time for the disability community to come together and celebrate our accomplishments. It’s also an opportunity to remind the world we’re valuable just the way we are.
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