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5 Reasons You Should Celebrate Disability Pride Month If You Have a Disability

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Disability Pride Month is here, and as someone living with cerebral palsy, I’m proud to be part of a community full of acceptance, inclusion, and diversity. Here are five reasons why we should celebrate Disability Pride Month as people with disabilities.

1. Our stories of disability can connect us during Disability Pride Month.

As members of the disability community, we all have different stories to share with the world. I have learned that while we all have different stories about our disabilities, telling them can connect us with other people with disabilities.

2. Disability Pride Month can give us a voice as people with disabilities.

Celebrating Disability Pride Month can eliminate the stigma that comes with having disabilities and the misconceptions about people with disabilities. People might assume that these misconceptions are how our lives really are — even though they’re not. During Disability Pride Month, we can spread awareness about these misconceptions in order to encourage others not to stereotype the disability community.

3. Disability Pride Month can teach people about everyday life with a disability.

Disability is a part of many of our everyday lives. Many people with disabilities live their lives to the fullest extent possible despite the obstacles they may face. In a lot of ways, our lives are just like everyone else’s, and we have so much to offer society as a whole. This month is a great time to share how much we can do every day.

4. Disability Pride Month can gives us a chance to come together as people with disabilities. 

Disability is everywhere. People with disabilities come from all different parts of the world, and this is a great month to celebrate each other’s strengths no matter where we’re from. We may come from different backgrounds, but our shared experience of being people with disabilities comes with many strengths and abilities that we can celebrate together.

5. Disability Pride Month can give us the opportunity to express how we feel about our disabilities. 

Disability Pride Month can empower us as people with disabilities to be who we truly are without feeling ashamed or embarrassed. Maybe people haven’t always understood our disabilities, or we’ve had a hard time accepting our differences, but this is our time to feel strong and proud.

Disability Pride Month is the perfect time to recognize diversity and acceptance in the disability community. The world shines more brightly with disability pride, so what are you waiting for? Celebrate Disability Pride Month in a way that makes you feel good!

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