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Disability Pride Month & Disability Independence Day

“Diversity is having a seat at the table. Inclusion is having a voice, and belonging is having that voice be heard” Liz Fosslien.



Did you know that July is Disability Pride Month? Disability Pride Month is an exciting and important month to highlight and celebrate. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed on July 26, 1990, to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities. The first Disability Pride Day event was celebrated in Boston in July 1990. Now Disability Pride Month and National Disability Independence Day is celebrated in cities all over the world, and we are celebrating it at Mercy Home.

At Mercy Home, we envision a world of fairness and equality in which people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can live more fully integrated within the community. We work to change the world’s view of those we serve as we help them discover their individual gifts and abilities, and seek to promote greater compassion and understanding of those people who make up our community. Without the signing of ADA, in 1990- our mission today may not be possible. It is shocking to think that an act of this great significance and importance is only 22 years old!


15% of the population has a disability. This month is a wonderful opportunity to become more knowledgeable, inclusive, and strive to make our own communities more accessible for those with disabilities. Mercy Home is advocating for and celebrating the community we serve; we hope this post will serve as encouragement for you to do so as well.


So how can you commemorate this wonderful month and make a difference? Support businesses that are owned by people with disabilities, donate, and find out how to volunteer with Mercy Home. Talk to your communities' leaders, your family and friends about acceptance and the importance of recognizing that what diversifies us as humans is beautiful.

Questions? Email lcasarona@mercyhomeny.org

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