It’s disability pride month, and so many don’t understand what it’s about or why it’s needed – let alone that it exists. There’s so much I can say, but I’m going to start here:
Firstly, I want you to know that we have a Disability Pride flag. Ann Magill created and released the flag for public use on June 4th, 2019. It was initially released with diagonal zigzags, which she changed in 2021 after being informed that the zigzags can cause a strobe effect when looking at the digital flag.
What is the purpose of the different colours on the Disability Pride flag?
Well, the flag consists of six pastel tones with individual meanings.
Black: for those we’ve lost due to their illness, suicide, negligence, and eugenics.
Blue: for mental illness
Green: for sensory perception disabilities
Yellow: for cognitive disabilities
Red: for physical disabilities
White: for invisible and undiagnosed disabilities
Secondly: Why do we need a pride month?
It worries me that there are people in this world who still question this.
We need a pride month because of several factors, including that eugenics and ableism are still in play in society. We are constantly told that we should be ashamed of our disabilities. Mental Health is seen as Taboo, Cognitive disabilities are seen as childish, and physical disabilities are seen as tragic.
Our entire existence is shrouded in ableism.
This month reminds us that we’re people, not just insurance numbers or medical records.
We shouldn’t feel ashamed for being unable to do things able-bodied people can.
We shouldn’t feel embarrassed for struggling to do what neurotypical people can.
And we certainly shouldn’t be treated to feel less than human for being different.
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