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Celebrating Disability Pride Month at The Arc of Butte County

July is Disability Pride Month, a time to honor the history, achievements, and experiences of the disability community. This celebration marks the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted on July 26, 1990, which broke down numerous barriers to inclusion in society.

At The Arc of Butte County, we believe in fostering inclusion, empowerment, and independence for people with disabilities. Disability Pride Month is a powerful reminder of the importance of our mission and the work we do every day. Here’s how you can join us in celebrating and advocating for disability rights this month:

The History of Disability Pride Month

Disability Pride Month began in July 1990, the same year the ADA was passed. The first Disability Pride Day was held in Boston, and the first parade took place in Chicago in 2004. Today, events across the nation empower people with disabilities to take pride in their identities and celebrate their contributions to society.

2024 Theme: “We Want a Life Like Yours”

This year’s theme, chosen by The Arc’s National Council of Self-Advocates, emphasizes the disability community’s aspiration for equal opportunities and experiences. Throughout July, we will share stories of people with disabilities thriving in various roles within their communities.

Ways to Get Involved

  • Learn and Share: Visit our story hub to meet inspiring individuals with disabilities and read about their experiences. Share your own stories using the hashtags #DisabilityPride and #DisabilityPrideMonth.

  • Advocate: Educate your elected officials on policies impacting people with disabilities.

  • Donate: Support The Arc’s efforts in promoting disability rights and inclusion. Your donations help us continue our essential work.

  • Involve the Next Generation: Teach children about the importance of inclusion and disability rights. 

  • Celebrate Locally: Attend a Disability Pride Month event in your area. Join the celebrations and show your support for the local disability community.

Upcoming Events at The Arc of Butte County

We also invite you to participate in our upcoming events, including:

  • Adult Day Program’s 60s Choir Show: Enjoy the performances on September 20 and 27.
  • Annual Dinner: Join us on November 9 for an evening of celebration and support.

Expanding Our Impact

We are excited to announce the expansion of our administrative office in Chico, adding eight new offices to better serve our community. This growth reflects our commitment to enhancing the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Join us in celebrating Disability Pride Month and advocating for a more inclusive society. Your support makes a difference in the lives of countless individuals and families.

For more information and ways to get involved, visit our website at arcbutte.org. Thank you for being a part of our community and supporting our mission.

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