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Northwest Mental Health Management Services (NWMH) is honored to join in celebrating July as Disability Pride Month.

July is Disability Pride Month
Celebrating Inclusion and Acceptance

The theme for this year, “Celebrating Inclusion and Acceptance,” captures the essence of Disability Pride Month. It reminds us that true pride comes from embracing diversity and creating environments where everyone can thrive. By celebrating inclusion and acceptance, we affirm the inherent worth of every individual and recognize the unique strengths and perspectives that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities bring to our communities.

Disability Pride Month is not only a celebration but also a call to action. It urges us to challenge stereotypes, dismantle barriers, and promote policies that support accessibility and equality. As we commemorate this month, we are reminded of our shared responsibility to advocate for a world where individuals with developmental disabilities are not just included but valued and respected.

We are inspired by the resilience and determination of the disability community. Their stories of overcoming challenges and breaking new ground serve as powerful reminders of what is possible when inclusion and acceptance are prioritized. Let us use this month to amplify their voices, celebrate their achievements, and commit to building a more inclusive future.

Together, let us celebrate Disability Pride Month with a renewed dedication to fostering inclusion and acceptance in every aspect of life.

Here’s what the Disability Pride flag represents:

  • Red: Physical disabilities

  • Gold: Neurodiversity

  • White: Invisible disabilities and disabilities that haven't yet been diagnosed

  • Blue: Emotional and psychiatric disabilities, including mental illness, anxiety, and depression

  • Green: Sensory disabilities, including deafness, blindness, lack of smell, lack of taste, audio processing disorder, and all other sensory disabilities

The faded black background represents mourning and rage for victims of ableist violence and abuse. The diagonal band cuts across the walls and barriers that separate the disabled from normate society, also symbolizing light and creativity cutting through the darkness.

Follow the links for more info on Disability Pride Month happenings.

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

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