Celebrate Disability Pride Month

Rectangular crop of the Disability Pride Flag, designed by Ann Magill. A charcoal grey/almost-black flag crossed diagonally from top left to bottom right by a “lightning bolt” band divided into parallel stripes of five colors: light blue, yellow, white, red, and green. There are narrow bands of the same black between the colors.

July is Disability Pride Month, an annual month-long celebration of people with disabilities and our history as a community. In honor of this month and the Americans with Disabilities Act’s anniversary, we ask people to think about how they define and think about disability, as one diverse aspect of humanity, and address ableism.

The disability community is one of the largest minority populations in the United States. In Wisconsin, 9.6% of people between the ages of 21 to 64 years (working-age) reported having a disability. That’s approximately 360,000 people with a disability in the state. This makes it even more important that we understand the lived experiences of people with disabilities, such as in the area of voting rights, housing, medical access, and more.

We’d like to introduce everyone to the Disability Pride Flag, created by Ann Magill, which is displayed above. The flag is public domain and free to use and share. The symbolism for the flag are:

  • The Black Field: Mourning for those who’ve suffered and died from Ableist violence, and also rebellion.
  • The Zigzag Band: How disabled people must move around and past barriers, and our creativity in doing so.
  • The Five Colors: the variety of Disability, our needs and experiences (Mental Illness, Neurodiversity, Invisible and Undiagnosed Disabilities, Physical Disability, and Sensory Disabilities).
  • The Parallel Stripes: Solidarity within the Disability Community, despite our differences.