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Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month, which is celebrating its 32nd year after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed on July 26, 1990, to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities. The month is a time to recognize and celebrate how disability is a natural part of human diversity in which people living with disabilities can take pride.

Following this legislation, Boston, Massachusetts, held the first-ever Disability Pride Day event, and Disability Pride Month was born. Since then, Disability Pride events have been held across the country and the world.

The Disability Pride Flag

The Disability Pride Flag was created by Ann Magill, a disabled woman, and each of its elements symbolizes a different part of the disability community.

  • The Black Field: this field is to represent the disabled people who have lost their lives due not only to their illness, but also to negligence, suicide, and eugenics.
  • The Colors: each color on this flag represents a different aspect of disability or impairment.
    • Red: physical disabilities
    • Yellow: cognitive and intellectual disabilities
    • White: invisible and undiagnosed disabilities
    • Blue: mental illness
    • Green: sensory perception disabilities

Ann Magill redesigned the flag in July 2021 based on feedback from the disabled community that, when viewed online (especially while scrolling), the original lightning bolt design created a strobe effect, and posed a risk for people with epilepsy and migraine sufferers.

Several people in the Disability community collaborated on Tumblr and came to a consensus on a new design that’s more accessible to everyone.

The inclusive approach of the flag honors the meaning behind Disability Pride. Everyone is welcome to get involved, take part, and celebrate pride in themselves and the diverse and unique identity called Disability.