MPA Celebrates Disability Pride Month | July

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By Arabella Hoy


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Disability Pride Month has been celebrated in the UK since 2015. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of different types of disabilities, start positive conversations and celebrate the differences.

Disability Pride Month originated in the United States in the 1990’s when the Americans and Disabilities Act was passed to prevent people with disabilities from being discriminated against in all areas of life. This laid the groundwork for a more inclusive society.

In 2024
Disability Pride Month in the UK is set to be more vibrant and impactful than ever, with a host of events, campaigns, and activities designed to honour the contributions of disabled people and promote a culture of acceptance and equality.

The month is dedicated to challenging stereotypes, breaking down barriers, and highlighting the unique experiences of disabled people. It is a time to recognise that disability is a natural part of the human experience and that disabled individuals have the right to live with dignity, independence, and full participation in all aspects of life.

Throughout July 2024, cities and communities across the UK will host various events and activities to mark Disability Pride Month. These events are designed to be inclusive and accessible, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their abilities, can participate and enjoy the celebrations.

Here are some highlights:

  1. Disability Pride Parades: Major cities like London, Manchester, and Glasgow will host Disability Pride parades, bringing together thousands of people in a joyful and colourful display of solidarity and support. These parades will feature performances, speeches, and opportunities for people to share their stories.
  2. Workshops and Panels: Educational workshops and panel discussions will be held to address important topics such as employment, education, accessibility, and mental health. Experts, activists, and disabled individuals will share their insights and experiences, fostering a deeper understanding of the issues at hand.
  3. Art and Culture Exhibitions: Museums, galleries, and cultural institutions will showcase the works of disabled artists, highlighting the creativity and talent within the disability community. These exhibitions will offer a platform for disabled voices and challenge preconceived notions about disability and art.
  4. Sports and Recreation: Inclusive sports events and recreational activities will be organised to encourage participation from disabled individuals. Adaptive sports demonstrations and competitions will highlight the importance of physical activity and the potential for disabled athletes to excel.
  5. Advocacy Campaigns: Various advocacy groups will launch campaigns aimed at raising awareness about disability rights and promoting policy changes. These campaigns will focus on issues such as accessible housing, transportation, healthcare, and employment opportunities.

Why Disability Pride Month Matters
Disability Pride Month is more than just a celebration; it is a powerful reminder of the ongoing struggle for equality and inclusion faced by disabled individuals. It shines a spotlight on the achievements and contributions of disabled people, while also calling attention to the systemic barriers that still exist.

By promoting a culture of Pride and acceptance, Disability Pride Month helps to break down the stigma associated with disability and empowers individuals to embrace their identities.

In the UK, Disability Pride Month 2024 is an opportunity for everyone to come together in support of a more inclusive society. It is a chance to learn, celebrate, and advocate for change, ensuring that disabled individuals are given the respect, opportunities, and support they deserve.



For more information or to join our BeYOU or AccessAbility Employee Network group please contact:

Helen Choudhury
Head of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
[email protected]

Mandy Feighery
D & I Officer
[email protected]



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