July: Disability Pride Month
At MRCI WorkSource we celebrate each person’s ABILITIES every month of the year. But, July is a month recognized as a time to honor each person’s uniqueness, and to challenge stigmas surrounding the word “disability.” According the U.S. Census Bureau, 19 percent of the population has a disability, making them a part of the largest and most diverse minority representing all abilities, ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds. Yet this population continues to face barriers in community activities, employment, and quality of life.
Disability Pride has been defined as accepting and honoring each person's uniqueness and seeing it as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity. It is important for people with disabilities to be proudly visible in the community through employment, volunteering of their time and leisure activities. Through our many programs, MRCI strives to provide genuine opportunities for individuals with disabilities and disadvantages to participate fully in life.
Positive thinking and positive attitudes will help people with disabilities achieve real goals. Pride comes from celebrating the unique experiences that people with disabilities have, and the contributions that they can give to society.
Today, people with disabilities are emerging as artists, writers, performers and valued employees with something new to say about the experience of being disabled. So during the month of July…and every month…celebrate the abilities that this population has and help them embrace life.