March is already designated as Disability Awareness Month, but the distinction between acceptance and pride is an important one. Disability Pride Month, though not nationally recognized as of yet, is all about celebrating individuals with disabilities and being proud of who they are.
Jessica Ping-Wild has CHILD syndrome, a rare disease that causes limb underdevelopment or absence. Says Ping-Wild: “To me, Disability Pride is many things. It’s a chance for disabled people to declare their inherent self-worth, something that isn’t often done by individuals outside of the community. It’s a chance for the disabled community to come together, uplift, and amplify one another.” (USA Today).
Disability Pride Month is celebrated all over the world with parades and celebrations. The first disability pride parade was held in Boston after the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
July 26th will be the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Signed in 1990 by president George H.W. Bush, the ADA is a civil-rights act that prohibits discrimination against Americans with disabilities. The ADA also increases access and opportunities in key areas like transportation, employment, public accommodations, communications, and services.