"National Disability Independence Day
Today, July 26th, marks the 32nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990.
We would like to honor and celebrate the radical, disabled activists who broke the chains of silence and isolation to bring forth this bill and the multitude of anonymous disabled people, who fought for centuries for equality that many of them never enjoyed. Thanks to their incredible vision and perseverance, we all live in a more inclusive and accessible world.
However, the push for disability visibility is not over. Although significant progress has been made, it is critical that we continue to fight for disabled people to be seen and to build bonds of allyship with other marginalized groups and the able. We are particularly inspired by intersectional disability visibility activists Emily Ladau, Samuel Habib, and Hari Srinivasan as they lead our fight for justice.
On this very important day, here are 4 things you can do to promote disability inclusion:
Stand up to the forces that isolate and deny access to disabled people in your community.
Become allies to the disabled by creating strong relationships and following their lead in speaking out when you see someone being isolated or targeted.
Learn about bills and policies aimed to help or hurt those who are disabled. Even if you can’t vote yet, it’s still important to learn about the ways that certain policies can affect those with disabilities. If you can vote, do your research and support bills that champion with disabilities.
Provide opportunities for those with disabilities. Make an effort to create a diverse working space"