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Online Book Display: Disability Pride

Selected Books for Disability Pride Month


Disability Pride Month

People with disabilities are the largest and most diverse minority within the population, representing all abilities, ages, races, ethnicities, religions and socio-economic backgrounds. "Disability pride" has been defined as accepting and honoring each person's uniqueness and seeing it as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity. It is an integral part of movement building, and a direct challenge of systemic ableism and stigmatizing definitions of disability.

Disability Pride Month is an annual observance used to promote visibility and mainstream awareness of the positive pride felt by people with disabilities. Using bold images and strong words, disability pride awareness dates, parades and festivals both uplift and challenge. Pride comes from celebrating our heritage, disability culture, the unique experiences that we have as people with differing abilities and the contributions that we offer society. The first Disability Pride Day was held in Boston in 1990; and first U.S. based Disability Pride Parade was held in Chicago in 2004. These events celebrate "disability culture" with the intention to positively influence the way people think about and/or define disability and to end the stigma of disability. (