Disability Pride Month
July is Disability Pride Month and commemorates the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life and enables their full participation in society — by working, going to school, using public and private transportation services, voting, buying goods and services or accessing public places.
Disability Pride Month began in 1990 and celebrates people with disabilities, their identities and culture, and their contributions to society. Its goal is to change the way people think about and define disability and to end the stigma. It also promotes the belief that a disability is a natural part of human diversity in which people living with disabilities can celebrate and take pride. People with disabilities make up 15% of the world's population. In the United States specifically, people with disabilities are considered the largest minority group, constituting around 26% of the population. Furthermore, this diverse group encompasses individuals of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds.
Main Stay’s culture has always been to focus on each person’s abilities and celebrate the differences in all. In honor of Disability Pride Month, we are proud to be a sponsor of the Chicago Disability Pride Parade. You can find more information on the parade at www.disabilityprideparade.org
Looking for other ways to celebrate?
*Stay tuned for more information on Main Stay’s Disability Pride Month mini-celebration happening in July!*