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.
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 www.ada.gov
ADA at 30: Accessibility in Pittsburg | Podcast
Civics 101 – Episode 113: The Americans with Disabilities Act | Podcast Episode
The below resources highlight some of the voices in the disabled community through different media formats.
A Disability History of the United States | Physical Book
The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum | Physical Book
The Disability Studies Reader | E-Book
Lives Worth Living | Documentary
Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty | Documentary
Curated July 2021 by Miranda N. Rutan, Doctoral Student, CEHHS DEI, UT Knoxville