Many people do not understand the concept of disabled and proud. It is not pride in the fact of having a disability, but pride in being part of a community that has a long history of struggle and success.
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) describe disability pride as “accepting and honoring our uniqueness and seeing it as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity. Pride comes from celebrating our own heritage, culture, unique experiences and contributions.
– Disability Pride recognizes the power we have to make change.
– Disability Pride results when we challenge and ultimately undo the negative beliefs, attitudes, and feelings and systematic oppression that come from the dominate groups’ thinking that there is something wrong with our identify or our disabilities.
– Disability Pride rejects shame and the need to “blend in”.
– Disability Pride is self acceptance and validation of our uniqueness.
– Disability Pride results in making choices based on the respect for interdependence, accommodations, and creativity.
– Disability Pride is the feeling of strong connection with a community of other people.
– Disability Pride recognizes that it is our uniqueness that will transform all people and institutions (society).”