Since the landmark signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990, the commemoration of this legal milestone has slowly expanded from the efforts of many within the community. In 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recognized the 25th anniversary of the ADA by announcing July as Disability Pride Month.
Defined as, "An acceptance and honoring of individuals' uniqueness as a natural part of human diversity," Disability Pride seeks to promote awareness, acceptance and inclusion for the disability community. The month also seeks to celebrate the history, culture and contributions that people with disabilities have provided to society. With support from the disability community, Disability Pride Month has since been adopted on a national level.
The UCLA Center for Accessible Education speaks with Jonathan Glater, former professor at UCLA School of Law, to explore how police use force disproportionately against people with disabilities and the ways in which subpopulations tend to marginalize identities in their midst. The discussion focuses on amplifying the experiences of students with a disability and, collectively, finding commonality amongst an incredibly diverse community. The session recording becomes available on July 28.
UCLA alumna and staff member Carolanne Link '18 shares her experience as she recalls participating in UCLA's Disability Awareness Week during her first year on campus.
The UCLA Disabilities and Computing Program holds regular training events to help educate others on best practices to ensure accessibility and support for the disability community. Multiple courses in increasing knowledge regarding accessibility are open to all.
Learn Learn from expert panelists on the intersection of disability and substance use as the UCLA Center for Accessible Education hosts an intimate conversation that delves deep into this important topic.