Each July, the United States celebrates Disability Pride Month to mark the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark civil rights law signed on July 26, 1990. Disability Pride Month was officially established in July 2015, on the 25th anniversary of the ADA, by cities across the country with parades, festivals, educational opportunities and advocacy events. Many embrace the idea of disability pride as a grassroots movement challenging systemic ableism and the pervasive stigmatization of disability.

People with disabilities are the largest and most diverse minority group within the U.S. population, representing all abilities, ages, races, ethnicities, religions and socio-economic backgrounds. Disability Pride accepts and honors each person’s uniqueness and sees it as a natural part of human diversity and inclusivity. This observance aims to promote visibility and mainstream awareness of the positive pride felt by those within the disability community. It equally strives to educate, empower and challenge systemic ableism as well as celebrate the unique experiences of people experiencing disability.

The Arc is a national community-based organization that advocates for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and provides resources to their families. There is a King County Chapter if you would like more information.