NEW YORK: First Disability Pride Parade NYC 2015– To end stigma of disability, New York holds its first ever disability parade.
Disability Pride Parade NYC have been held in several places across the United States, including Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Atlanta, Santa Clara County, Detroit, Colorado Springs, New Jersey, and Columbus as well as around the world in locations such as Norway, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.
Thousand of people came to join New York’s first Disability Pride Parade NYC, held to celebrate people with disabilities.
It was in year 1990 when the first Disability Pride Day was held in Boston.
The ‘Disability pride parade’ seeks to change the way people think about and define disability.
It is also a way to promote the belief that disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity in which people living with disabilities can take pride.
Previously, New York City held its first Disability Pride Parade where Tom Harkin was its grand marshal, who 25 years ago sponsored the Americans With Disabilities Act.
The people joined the said event marched in the inaugural, July 12, 2015.
This coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, thus, calls attention to the rights of people with disabilities.
Participants using wheelchairs, canes and guide dogs headed Broadway as they enjoyed the event.
“Inclusion, Awareness, Visibility” the big event is subtitled, as participants were carrying signs, printed with their feelings and intentions.
According to Mayor Bill de Blasio , he’s proud his city is a national leader in supporting rights for disabled people.
“Just because I can’t speak doesn’t mean I don’t have a lot to say.” one of sign reading carried by man.
New York then planned a series of events on New Yorkers with disabilities. Image / Disability Pride Parade ’06 in Chicago