Disability Pride

 

Calling all disabled and chronically ill students at Exeter!!!

July is Disability Pride month, and to celebrate this we want to know what makes you proud. Whether you are proud of your disability itself or the fact that you got out of bed today - we want to hear it! Let's spread some disability solidarity and pride.

Message me or email at ruby.jones@exeterguild.com!


Disability Pride Month

July is finally upon us and that marks the beginning of Disability Pride Month. The first Disability Pride started in Boston, MA in 1990 but it has since become an international celebration. The aim of Disability Pride is described by the founders of Disability Pride NYC to “promote inclusion, awareness, and visibility of people with disabilities, and redefine public perception of disability”.

Disability pride seems even more apt due to the implications and challenges that many disabled people have faced during lockdown over the last few months. By promoting Disability Pride, society can begin to view it as not something negative, but something that deserves to be celebrated and supported.

The Disability Pride flag has some very interesting symbolism interpreted by the artist which include:

  1. The Black Field: this field is to represent the disabled people who have lost their lives due to not only their illness, but also negligence, suicide, and eugenics.

  2. The Lightning Bolt: the shape of the lightning bold represent the non-lateral lives that many disabled people live, often having to adapt themselves or their physical routes to get around an inaccessible society.

  3. The Colours: each colour on this flag represents a different aspect of disability or impairment,

  • Blue: mental illness

  • Yellow: cognitive and intellectual disabilities

  • Green: sensory perception disabilities

  • Red: physical disabilities

This year, Disability Pride will be celebrated mostly in a virtual format due to coronavirus, but if you are keen to get involved then here are some events that are occurring:

Flag Artist: Ann Magil

 


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