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Disability Pride Month

2024 Breaking Barriers Art Exhibit

Attention all artists with disabilities! Share your talents by submitting original artwork to the Breaking Barriers Art Exhibit.

The Breaking Barriers Art Exhibit aims to highlight the contributions of artists with disabilities in a community-based location while breaking down the stigmas that often prevent these artists from accessing opportunities in the art world.

The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council (MiDDC) and Self-Advocates of Michigan (SAM) are seeking artwork to showcase online and in a public art exhibit that explores the theme of "Disability Pride." 

Disability Pride is the idea that people with disabilities should celebrate their identity as a person with a disability. Disability Pride recognizes that people with disabilities have unique experiences and perspectives that are valuable to our society. We want you to showcase your Disability Pride through art!

We want to see all kinds of art. Eligible artwork includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, photography, graphic design, and short film. A panel of art specialists will review the submissions, and the panel will select artworks based on originality/creativity, quality and consistency, and strength of the concept.

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elect artworks will be displayed at the Breaking Barriers Art Exhibit in downtown Lansing at the Lansing Shuffle in June, July, and August.

Questions? Contact Renee Hall, Advisor to SAM, at HallR24@michigan.gov or 517-256-6114.

Submit Your Artwork Here
A graphic encouraging people with disabilities to share their talents during Disability Pride Month by participating in Breaking Barriers: Art Exhibit

SAVE THE DATE: Disability Pride Celebration on Friday, July 26

Graphic promoting the 2024 Disability Pride Month Celebration
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Breaking Barriers: Disability Pride Month Celebration on Friday, July 26th at the Lansing Shuffle.

This event is FREE and open to the public. This Disability Pride Month event is a celebration of art, diversity, and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. Disabilities are a beautiful and natural part of human diversity, and we invite the public to join the celebration.

Activities are expected to include an artist meet-and-greet, a vibrant disability pride rally, poetry slam, disability pride themed trivia, and other exciting activities. 

Everyone is welcome to attend this event. Let's unite to break down barriers and celebrate the unique talents and contributions of people with developmental disabilities.

More details will be announced as we get closer to Disability Pride Month in July!

What is Disability Pride Month?

Disability Pride Month commemorates the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July 1990, a historic milestone in advancing the rights of all people with disabilities. Since then, Disability Pride Month has become a celebration of the unique experiences, strengths, and achievements of people with disabilities. It is also a time to recognize that people with disabilities often face discrimination or marginalization based on their disability, race, gender, sexual orientation, or other intersecting factors. 

Disabilities are a beautiful and natural part of human diversity, and we strive to create an inclusive and accessible society that enables individuals with disabilities to live fulfilling lives and participate in their communities. Activities during Disability Pride Month are aimed at inspiring all citizens to celebrate the contributions of persons with disabilities, promote inclusivity, and foster greater respect and understanding. 

Disability Pride Resource Center

2023 Breaking Barriers Art Exhibit

The 2023 Breaking Barriers online gallery highlights the artists with developmental disabilities that submitted artwork to showcase at the in-person Breaking Barriers Art Exhibit. 

Thank you to Lansing Shuffle for hosting the in-person display of the 2023 Breaking Barriers Art Exhibition! Thank you to all of the amazing artists who came out to showcase their artwork to the community.

View the 2023 Breaking Barriers Online Art Gallery

Disability Pride Flag

The Disability Pride Flag was created by Ann Magill, a disabled woman, and each color symbolizes a different part of the disability community.

The Black Field: this field is to represent the disabled people who have lost their lives due not only to their illness, but also to negligence, suicide, and eugenics.
Red: physical disabilities
Yellow: cognitive and intellectual disabilities
White: invisible and undiagnosed disabilities
Blue: emotional and psychiatric disabilities
Green: sensory perception disabilities

The Disability Pride Flag was created by Ann Magill, a disabled woman, and each color symbolizes a different part of the disability community. The Black Field: this field is to represent the disabled people who have lost their lives due not only to their illness, but also to negligence, suicide, and eugenics. Red: physical disabilities Yellow: cognitive and intellectual disabilities White: invisible and undiagnosed disabilities Blue: emotional and psychiatric disabilities Green: sensory perception disabilities

A History of Disability Pride

1990: Boston held the first Disability Pride Day, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990. Disability Pride Month was created to annually celebrate the passage of this historic civil rights law.

2004: The first Disability Pride Parade was held in Chicago in 2004. Since then, Disability Pride events have been held in Philadelphia, Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, New York City, Los Angeles, and internationally in South Korea, Norway, the U.K., and more.

2006: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted in December 2006 to provide international standards of protection for the civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights of persons with disabilities on the basis of inclusion, equality and non-discrimination.

2015: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared July as Disability Pride Month in celebration of the ADA's 25th anniversary. This declaration marked the first official recognition of Disability Pride Month. 

2019: The Disability Pride Flag was created by Ann Magill, a disabled woman, and each color symbolizes a different part of the disability community. The flag was updated in 2021 to accommodate feedback that the original "lightning bolt" design posed a risk for people with epilepsy and migraine sufferers.

2022: Governor Gretchen Whitmer declares July 2022 as Disability Pride Month in Michigan, which marks the first official recognition of Disability Pride Month by the State of Michigan.
View the 2023 Disability Pride Month Proclamation.

View a timeline to learn more about the history of Disability Pride and Disability Rights.