July is Disability Pride Month. It’s a thirty one year old International event so popular that it even has its own flag (see below), but it seems to have missed the radar of many British people (myself included).

Samantha Renke wrote an excellent article in the Metro earlier this month which goes into detail about her feelings on the event and she touches on why most people in the UK have never heard of Disability Pride.

She says, “Possibly one reason it is not commonly known, particularly in the UK, is that it coincided with the Americans with Disability Act (the ADA) – the civil rights law prohibiting discrimination against disabled people, which was signed in July 1990.”

The ADA is the American equivalent of the UK Disability Discrimination Act (which has now been replaced with the Equality Act).

For a lot of disabled people, the idea that the feeling of pride can be associated with something that can be a daily struggle is something that can be very hard to get your head around.

But the month gives disabled people an avenue to be able to share our personal experiences, with others in similar positions and to know that we’re not alone. Which is something we could all use a reminder of sometimes. Especially after the last 18 months.  

The flag was designed by Ann Magill. To find out more about the design and the meaning behind it, please click here.

And if you’re a budding graphic designer, Ann has posted a step-by-step guide on how to recreate the design on her blog. To view that, please click here.

Disability Pride has gained momentum on social media, particularly on twitter, with the #DisabilityPride. Don’t forget to include us in your tweets so we can retweet them!

Happy Disability Pride Month everyone.

The disability pride month flag