Celebrating Disability Pride

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Celebrating Disability Pride

Cincinnati and Hamilton County are set to join the national celebration of Disability Pride Month with events and activities throughout July. The initiative, Disability Pride Cincy, marks a continued effort in the region to recognize and promote the rights of individuals with disabilities, building on the legacy of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), passed on July 26, 1990.

Celebrating the ADA’s Legacy

The ADA is landmark legislation that safeguards the rights of individuals with disabilities, ensuring access to accommodations, transportation, employment, communication, and state and federal programs. Since its passage, national and local events have evolved into a month-long observance of Disability Pride, highlighting the achievements and contributions of the disability community.

Month-Long Celebrations in Cincinnati

Throughout July, more than 26 participating organizations made up of local governments, arts and community groups, businesses and social service agencies in the Cincinnati region will host various events to celebrate Disability Pride. The city of Cincinnati will kick off the month with a Disability Pride flag-raising ceremony on Monday, July 1, in front of City Hall, followed by a proclamation reading during the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners meeting on July 18.

Highlights of other events taking place during the month include:

  • Braille Ale’s 5th Anniversary Party with CABVI and West Side Brewing: 5-7 p.m. July 11; West Side Brewing | 3044 Harrison Ave.
  • Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival Screening “The Remarkable Life of Ibelin:” 6:30
    p.m. July 24; The Kenwood Theatre | 5901 E. Galbraith Rd.
  •  Disability Pride: Nothing About Us Without Us: Noon-4 p.m. July 27; Deer Park Branch Library | 4020 E. Galbraith Rd.

Visit disabilitypridecincy.org for more information about all Cincinnati Pride events and to learn how to submit an event to the website. Printed copies of Disability Pride Cincy’s official schedule are also available at all Cincinnati Hamilton County Public Library branches.

Participating Disability Pride Cincy organizations include: Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services; LADD, Inc.; Hamilton County government; ArtsWave; Center for Independent Living Options; City of Cincinnati; Cincinnati Accessibility Board of Advisors; Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired; Cincinnati Museum Center; Cincinnati Public Library; Cincinnati ToolBANK; Council on Aging; Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati; Envision; FotoFocus; Goodwill; Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival, organized by LADD; Pro Seniors; Taft Museum of Art; University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities; Wave Pool; and Visionaries + Voices.

A diverse group of people stands on the steps of a large building while a person speaks at a podium with a city of cincinnati seal, in a public setting.

Above: Speakers from the City of Cincinnati and different disability services organizations at the Disability Pride Flag Raising outside of City Hall on July 1. Below: The Disability Pride Flag is raised outside of Cincinnati City Hall for the first time ever.

A person raises a disability pride flag featuring rainbow colors alongside the hoisted United States flag near a historic building with a tall spire.
An outline of the state of Ohio with the disability pride flag colors overlay. there is a heart in the lower left, with the word Cincinnati.

 

In 2019, Ann Magill, a disabled artist, created the Disability Pride flag, which was later redesigned to be more accessible. The flag features five colors, each representing a different aspect of the disability experience: red for physical disabilities, gold for intellectual and developmental disabilities, white for invisible and undiagnosed disabilities, blue for mental illness, and green for sensory disabilities. This inclusive symbol aims to foster unity and pride within the disability community.