July is Disability Pride Month!

Community Inclusion
3 min readJul 18, 2022

Disability pride month is a celebration of disability identity, history, resilience, and joy. Boston held the first Disability Pride Day and parade in 1990, following the legislation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Learn about disability justice this month

The Disability Justice Collective, a group of queer, disabled, women of color, initially envisioned and conceived the Disability Justice Movement in 2005 in the San Francisco Bay area. Patty Berne, Mia Mingus, and Stacey Park Milbern were the original founders, later joined by Leroy Moore, Eli Clare, and Sebastian Margaret.

Mia Mingus, writer and disability justice organizer, defines disability justice as “a multi-issue political understanding of disability and ableism, moving away from a rights-based equality model and beyond just access, to a framework that centers justice and wholeness for all disabled people and communities.”

Later, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha wrote Disability Justice: An Audit Tool, envisioned with Stacey Park Milbern. This audit tool includes six practice sections including:

  1. what disability justice is
  2. how to integrate disability justice into organizing
  3. examining the disability histories in our organizations and communities
  4. discussion questions using Sins Invalid’s 10 Principles of Disability Justice
  5. accessibility tools designed by people with disabilities
  6. stories about disability justice organizing

Leah defined the Disability Justice Movement as “a way of envisioning the ways people can organize around and think about disability that centers the lives and leadership of disabled Black, Indigenous and people of color and/or queer, trans, Two Spirit and gender nonconforming people.”

Disability pride flag with straight diagonal stripes: black background with 5 diagonal stripes in red, yellow, white, blue, and green.
Updated disability pride flag in 2021. Learn more about the flag and what each line and color represent.

How else can we celebrate disability pride?

Read and listen to books by disabled authors and books about disability:

Follow these disabled activists, authors, educators, and advocates on social media:

Find disability-led organizations and groups in your community and nation-wide:

Do you have any organizations, articles, events, or resources to share for Disability Pride Month? Send them to ici@umb.edu and we can spread the word!

Is there a Disability Pride parade or celebration in your town?

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Community Inclusion

The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in school, work, health care and community activities.