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Info and resources for celebrating diversity as well as ADEI related activities within the school and local community.

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Cultural and Identity Celebration Months

Disability Pride Month – July 2024

Disability Pride Flag

"Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”

– Helen Keller, American Author and Disability Rights Advocate

National Disability Independence Day is celebrated every year on July 26th. It commemorates the signing of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) in 1990. It is 32 years old today!

The ADA is a landmark legislation and a bill of rights for Americans with disabilities. This bill was a bipartisan effort to bring to the forefront the discrimination against the disability community and ensure a significant and fundamental change in the way they live their lives by guaranteeing access to economic and civic opportunities. 

Source: Overview of ADA

The Disability Pride Flag, initially designed in 2019 by Ann Magill, was created to encompass all disabilities.  It was revised in 2021 with community input and is now in the public domain.  Within the flag, each color stripe has a meaning:

  • Red - physical disabilities
  • Gold - neurodiversity
  • White - invisible disabilities and disabilities that haven't yet been diagnosed
  • Blue - emotional and psychiatric disabilities, including mental illness, anxiety, and depression
  • Green - for sensory disabilities, including deafness, blindness, lack of smell, lack of taste, audio processing disorder, and all other sensory disabilities

The faded black background shows mourning and rage for victims of ableist violence and abuse. The diagonal band cuts across the walls and barriers that separate the disabled from society, also representing light and creativity cutting through the darkness.

Source: Disability Pride Month | Columbia University  

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Social Justice Book Club (Virtual)

Open to students, staff, faculty and alumni.

July 10, 2024 at 7pm - 8pm

July Book of the Month: Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories From the 21st Century

Edited By: Alice Wong

One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others less apparent—but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by disabled people.

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