July is Disability Pride Month, an international, annual event which celebrates disabled people and the diversity of our community.
Disability Pride is not commonly known, particularly in the UK, but the event works to shine a light on physical, learning, hidden disabilities and mental health conditions. It enables people to have open conversations about disability by:
- sharing experiences
- raising awareness of the barriers and challenges the community faces
- celebrating diversity
Disability Pride provides a space to end stigmas and promote disability as an identity, culture and to share the positive pride many should feel. It creates awareness of and challenges the systemic ableism and discrimination disabled and deaf people face.
Starting in the USA, this celebration coincided with the Americans Disability Act (ADA), the civil rights law prohibiting discrimination against disabled people. This was signed in July 1990. It started as one day but since 2015, marking the ADA’s 25th anniversary, the entire month has become an annual event worldwide.
Disability Pride Month has had its own flag since 2017. It was designed by Ann Magill, and it has a significant meaning:
- the black background - the colour of mourning for those who have suffered from ableist violence, and also rebellion and protest
- the lightning bolt - outlines how disabled people must navigate barriers
- the 5 colours - represents the variety of needs and experiences
If you’d like to find out more about Disability Pride, Samantha Renke, actor, presenter and disability rights campaigner has written an interesting article about her experiences and thoughts on the month-long celebration.
Disability pride at the council
Here at the council we use AccessAble, the UK’s leading provider of disabled access information. They are committed to providing disabled people with the information required to make informed choices and to break down the barriers disabled people face accessing education, local services and employment. This was a joint commission with The Lexicon.
There are more than 200 guides which have been created for locations in the borough. They are hosted on the AccessAble website and app to provide facts, figures and photographs. You can start looking at local sites from our accessibility guides page.
Each guide has been created following a visit by an AccessAble surveyor who collects specific information about a particular location. Additional guides will be added each year to cover new business and retailers within The Lexicon.
We also make sure that our web content is available to everyone. This website was tested in December 2020 by people with a wide range of disabilities and it has been awarded the Shaw Trust Accessible rating.
Our website is also reviewed each year by the Plain English Campaign and currently holds an Internet Crystal Mark.
Find out more about our web accessibility.
We'd like to wish everyone a very happy Disability Pride Month.