July 25, 2023 | by Wong Fleming
We proudly recognize Disability Pride Month this July in the U.S., which commemorates the significant milestone of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in July 1990. Originally observed as a day-long celebration, Disability Pride Month was expanded to a month-long holiday in July 2015, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the ADA.
Disability Pride Month celebrates the contributions of people with disabilities and intends to redefine how society perceives and defines disability. It is estimated those with disabilities make up approximately 16% of the world’s population and 27% of the U.S. population, forming the largest and most diverse minority. This group embodies all ages, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds. Disability pride is often characterized as a celebration of accepting and cherishing each person’s distinctiveness, recognizing it as a natural and beautiful aspect of human diversity.