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Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month, a celebration of the pride felt by those individuals with disabilities. Beginning as Disability Pride Day to recognize the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared July as Disability Pride Month in 2015 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this civil rights law. Although not a nationally recognized observance, the month continues to be recognized by the disabled community as a celebration of heritage, disability culture, and the unique experiences and contributions of people with disabilities.

To recognize and celebrate this month, CEHHS created a curated list of resources centering disabled voices and stories. We organized these resources into different categories to focus on the unique experiences of the broad community. These resources are available through the UT Library and online.

Global Disability Rights Advocacy Project – Center for Sport, Peace & Justice (UT Knoxville)

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

On July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), one of the most comprehensive civil rights legislations in the United States. This “equal opportunity” law prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability status. The ADA protects individuals with disabilities rights to procure employment, to purchase goods/services, and to participate in governmental programs. Learn more about the ADA at

Curated July 2021 by Miranda N. Rutan, Doctoral Student, CEHHS DEI, UT Knoxville | Updated July 2023 by Miranda N. Rutan, Doctoral Student, CEHHS DEI, UT Knoxville