Disability Pride Month 2024

Disability Pride Month: then and now

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed on July 26, 1990, making July a landmark month in the fight for equal rights. The first Disability Pride event took place that year in Boston, and similar events have since spread across the country, providing an opportunity for communities to acknowledge the movement for disability justice and celebrate people who have disabilities. Disability Pride is not yet a federally recognized commemorative month, but you can learn more about its history and significance in this toolkit from the National Council on Independent Living. As the toolkit acknowledges, someone’s disabled identity is just one part of who they are as a person. While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) remains a major achievement, the fight for disability representation and equity continues, especially for disabled people who also identify as part of other marginalized groups and experience large employment gaps as a result.


2024 Theme: “We Want a Life Like Yours”

This theme comes from The Arc’s National Council of Self-Advocates. It reflects the disability community’s dreams for life experiences that they are too often denied. All month, we’ll share diverse stories of people with disabilities thriving as students, employees, leaders, engaged members of their communities and families, and more given a chance.


RESOURCES


EVENTS

Attend a Disability Pride Month event in your area! Show pride for your disability and/or help uplift others in your community by attending a Disability Pride event. Below are a few coming up in major cities.


CAREER DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES

From NACE:

“…the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) suggests employers visit its NDEAM webpage, which has useful information for employers, career services offices, faculty, and others.

Below are some other useful resources from Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN), the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), and NACE about disability inclusion to use throughout the year:

EARN RESOURCES:

JAN RESOURCES:

NACE RESOURCES:

NACE’s 2019 Careers for Students With Disabilities Task Force developed self-assessments by which career services and employers can gauge the progression of their work to include individuals with disabilities. The task force also developed a tool for use with students to help them navigate the process.

OTHER NACE RESOURCES:


SOCIAL MEDIA SUGGESTIONS

  • Diversify Your Feed: You might consider following these accounts in order to diversify your social media feeds and continue to learn more from disabled folks!
  • Check out this post from Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino

ONE DAY TFA STORIES


By Career Center Team
Career Center Team