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Disability Pride: What is it? How can we express it?


If you’ve ever met some older disability advocates, they will talk about how having “disability pride“ is probably the most important part of advocacy. You might be thinking, “Wait, how can you proud of not being able to do things and having to use big and bulky equipment to have fun, or having different learning abilities and being in special ed classes?”  It turns out that “disability pride” is a lot more complicated than you’d think, and it’s something we all need to have. It’s being comfortable with yourself, understanding that your disability is a unique part of you, and realizing that there are other people with disabilities and you are part of a community that has done amazing things.


There are three parts of disability pride: acceptance, community and history. 







History and the Disability Movement:


Ways to Express Disability Pride




KASA Disability History Timeline:


Check out all the KASA Disability History and Culture Resources at:


Disability Pride Parade: