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July 2023: Disability Pride Month

WHEREAS, the purpose of Disability Pride Month is to celebrate the unique experiences, strengths, and achievements of people with disabilities, and to acknowledge their contributions to our society; and,

WHEREAS, Disability Pride Month also commemorates the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July 1990, a historic milestone in advancing the rights of all people with disabilities; and,

WHEREAS, the month of July offers an opportunity to honor the diverse identities of people with disabilities, and promote a greater understanding and acceptance of all residents; and,

WHEREAS, disabilities are a beautiful and natural part of human diversity, and people with disabilities have unique perspectives and experiences that enrich our society; and,

WHEREAS, the intersectionality of disability and other identities means that individuals may face discrimination or marginalization based on their disability, race, gender, sexual orientation, or other intersecting factors; and,

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan recognizes the inherent value of diversity and embracing principles of equality, inclusion, and respect for individuals with disabilities; and,

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan also recognizes people with developmental disabilities bring valuable perspectives and experiences that enrich the communities of Michigan and enhance our diversity; and,

WHEREAS, we strive to advance policies that create an inclusive and accessible society to enable individuals with disabilities to live fulfilling lives and participate in their communities; and,

WHEREAS, activities during this month will inspire all citizens to celebrate the invaluable contributions of persons with disabilities, promote inclusivity, and foster an environment of respect and greater understanding; and,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim July 2023 as Disability Pride Month in Michigan.