Celebrating Disability Pride Month 2024: “We Want a Life Like Yours”

James Medeiros
James Medeiros
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This landmark law broke down many barriers to inclusion that people with disabilities face. In honor of its passage, July marks Disability Pride Month, which continues to be a time to honor diversity and celebrate the achievements, experiences, and resilience of those in the community.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in four people across all demographics have a disability, and many more will experience disability at some point in their lives. Disability Pride Month is an opportunity to promote acceptance, inclusivity, and advocacy for disability rights.

This year’s theme, “We Want a Life Like Yours,” comes from The Arc’s National Council of Self-Advocates. It “reflects the disability community’s dreams for life experiences that they are too often denied,” The Arc’s website notes.

Learn More About Disability Pride Month 

If you’re interested in learning more about Disability Pride Month* and disability issues in general, there are many resources available to deepen your understanding and awareness:

  • Websites and Online Platforms: Organizations such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) National Network, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF), and The Arc offer a wealth of information on disability rights, history, and advocacy. These sites provide educational materials, policy updates, and resources for individuals with disabilities and their allies.
  • Books and Articles: Many insightful books and articles written by and about people with disabilities are available. Titles like “Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century,” edited by Alice Wong, and “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist,” by Judith Heumann, offer personal perspectives and in-depth looks at disability issues.
  • Podcasts and Videos: Podcasts such as “Disability Visibility” hosted by Alice Wong and “The Accessible Stall” by Kyle Khachadurian and Emily Ladau offer engaging discussions on a variety of disability-related topics. Additionally, TED Talks and YouTube channels hosted by disability advocates can offer informative and inspiring content.
  • Local Organizations and Events: Many communities have local disability rights organizations and events. Look for local chapters of national organizations, disability resource centers, and community events celebrating Disability Pride Month. These can provide valuable opportunities for learning and engagement.

*YuJa is not affiliated with any of the advocacy groups or platforms listed above and is listing them for informational purposes only.

How to Celebrate and Support Disability Pride Month

There are many ways to get involved in Disability Pride Month and to show your support:

  • Learn About the Disability Experience: Read articles highlighting perspectives from the disability community. Follow disability activists and organizations on social media, listen to their stories, and help amplify their voices.
  • Share Your Story: If you have a disability, consider sharing your personal experiences and stories. This can help raise awareness, foster understanding, and build a supportive community. Your unique perspective can inspire others and contribute to the broader conversation about disability and inclusion. If you do share your story, use the hashtags #DisabilityPride and #DisabilityPrideMonth on social media to join the conversation.
  • Take Action: Contact elected officials about policies affecting people with disabilities. Advocate for legislation that ensures equal rights and opportunities, and consider donating to organizations that support and empower individuals with disabilities.
  • Attend Events: Look for Disability Pride Month events or join virtual celebrations in your area. Participating in these events not only shows solidarity but also provides an opportunity to learn from and connect with the disability community.
  • Promote Inclusivity: Create accessible physical and digital environments, support disability rights advocacy, and foster inclusive workplaces. By making these spaces more accessible and welcoming, we contribute to a society where everyone can participate and thrive.
  • Educate and Raise Awareness: Break down stereotypes by learning and teaching about various types of disabilities. Share accurate information and personal stories to challenge misconceptions and promote understanding within your community.

Beyond Disability Pride Month, it’s up to individuals to work together to ensure we practice and instill the values of acceptance and inclusion for all.

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