July is Disability Pride Month is in support of Disability Pride Month 2024


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What is Disability Pride

Every year in July, Disability Pride Month celebrates persons who experience disability, their identities and culture, and their positive contributions to society. The event aims to change the way people think about disability. It promotes all types of disability as a natural part of human diversity.

Disability Pride Month has been celebrated in the United States since July 1990 when the Americans with Disabilities Act came into law. Today, it is celebrated around the world, including in Canada, where 22 per cent or 6.2 million Canadians live with a disability.

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Understanding the Disability Pride Flag

Flags are traditionally flown to proudly signify nations and/or cultures. Flags also symbolize other types of identities, beliefs and, yes, pride. A couple of commonly recognized flags, for example, are the pride flag (rainbow banner honoring the LGBTQ+ community) and the Juneteenth flag (red and blue banner with bursting white star representing the end of slavery in the United States).

Here’s what the disability pride flag represents:

  • Black: The black background, which is more so like a faded charcoal base, ignites the mourning of disabled persons victimized by ableism or lost to disability-fueled violence, abuse/negligence and death. The dark shade also illuminates the rage and protest against the mistreatment of people with disabilities.
  • Diagonal band: The light, connected band of stripes cut straight through the darkness (i.e., barriers). The slanted formation is a symbolic contrast to the vertical walls and horizontal ceilings that resonate with feelings of isolation among some members of the disability community.heart with disability pride brand
  • Multi-colored: The disability pride flag includes all six standard international flag colors to denote that the disability community is wide-reaching and on a global scale. Regarding the flag’s redesign, Magill explained in a Reddit post that the warm and cool colors were grouped separately on either side of a white stripe to “lessen the chance of a flicker effect when scrolling online, lessen a nausea trigger for those who suffer from migraines and separate the red and green stripes for those with color blindness.”
  • Green: This stripe signifies sensory disabilities, including blindness, deafness, lack of smell, lack of taste and other sensory conditions.
  • Blue: This stripe represents those with psychiatric disabilities, such as anxiety, depression and other mental disorders.
  • White: This central stripe connects to persons with invisible disabilities and/or undiagnosed conditions.
  • Gold: This stripe signifies those with cognitive and intellectual disabilities and other neurodivergence.
  • Red: This final line denotes persons with physical disabilities.

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