Disability Pride: What it means to the LADD community

Photo of group of women at the 2017 Pride March holding signs. One sign says, "Pride for all abilities." Another says, "Celebrating disability, difference and diversity."
Ashley Miller, Sheila Richardson and Jenny Crowe at the 2017 Disability Pride March.

 

As part of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, many are celebrating Disability Pride this month. But what is Disability Pride? It can mean different things for different people, but generally can be thought of as taking pride in your whole self, including your disability. On LADD Live last week, we talked about the ADA and Disability Pride, then asked members of the LADD community to share something they’re proud of in their lives.

Here’s what they had to say.

“I’m proud of speaking up for myself. Stepping out sometimes and believing in what you do and what other people do is very important even if you may have autism. My disability never defined me. I’m really coming out of my shell with gardening classes. I was in a cocoon for so long, but I’m becoming a butterfly.” – Jenny

“I’m proud of my fitness and getting involved.” – Josh

“I’m very proud of how I have changed and become a good roommate. I’m proud of being able to be in the world and have friends and be involved in the LADD marketing committee.” – Kathleen

“I’m proud to share my time and talent with my PowerPoints and presentations.” – Adam 

“I’m proud that I exercise four days a week.” – Maggie

“I’m proud of being myself and doing what I can do, drawing pictures and making people happy.” – Neil

“I’m proud to be best friends with Neil and work at the Museum Center.” – Bryan

“I’m proud of being joyful and a responsible cat owner to Annabelle.” – Margot

“I’m proud to be filmmaker and proud that I’m able to control my emotions.” – Marc

“I’m proud of the way my mind works. It works in a unique way that can also be really helpful.” – Jason

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