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Celebrating Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month.
A message from Dr. Debora Lee Chen. (Disability Officer, Optometry & Vision Science)

Hello All,

July is celebrated as Disability Pride Month, with the passing of the American for Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990. This month serves to celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of disabled individuals, and how they enhance their local and broader communities.

According to the CDC, “about 26% (one in 4) of adults in the United States have some kind of disability” [as of 2020]. The prevalence is higher in minority communities, with socioeconomic factors playing a role. The National Council of Independent Living also states that “People with disabilities are the largest and most diverse minority within the population, representing all abilities, ages, races, ethnicities, religions and socio-economic backgrounds.”

More resources about Disability and Disability Pride Month:

How Disability Pride Month Started and What It Means (USA Today)
Disability Pride Month (National Health Council)
Disability Impacts All of Us (CDC)


Dr. Chen’s Profile