Celebrating Disability Pride Month
When it comes to being more inclusive, we’re all able to do bigger things.
July is Disability Pride Month so we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on what that means. It’s been more than thirty years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed by President George H.W. Bush, on July 26, 1990. That landmark law prohibited discrimination against people with disabilities, and while Disability Pride Day still isn't nationally recognized, parades are held in a number of places nationwide, including Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, San Antonio and more. In 2015, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared July Disability Pride Month in celebration of the ADA’s 25th anniversary.
Disability Pride Month is about spreading awareness that disabilities make people different, not worse or less than others. As a nation and a society, we still have much work to do in terms of the basics--such as providing infrastructure and equal access for people with disabilities. And of course, those kinds of material improvements are essential.
While much work remains to be done to make America’s towns and cities more accessible for people with disabilities, beyond policy and structural changes, it’s also important that we work together to find ways to grow our understanding, so that as a culture, we can continue to be inclusive and embracing of all people. The deeper purpose of Disability Pride Month is to honor each person's uniqueness as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity.
One persistent challenge is the way we still often talk about being disabled as if it were a disease or burden. Rather than pity, many in the disabled community say what they want is acceptance, and pride. Emotional and physical healing can never be complete when people feel stressed out and isolated, and Disability Pride Month is one way to address the trauma of feeling like an outcast from society. It’s a way to celebrate the joys and wins in life, big and small. Perhaps most important, it’s an opportunity to listen to and amplify voices from people with disabilities. That’s where pearpop comes in.
In a world where disabled people are rarely represented in pop culture, we’re proud that pearpop is a diverse community, and this month, we are especially pleased to highlight the brilliant contributions of creators who are disabled, including lxuran and wheelchairbabe, among many others. Check out their TikToks, and if you’d like to collaborate, you can find them right here, on pearpop!