Alan Holdsworth, Founder of Disability Pride Philadelphia


The overall mission of the Disability Pride Parade is:

• To change the way people think about and define “disability”;

• To break down and end the internalized shame among people with Disabilities; and

• To promote the belief in society that Disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity in which people living with Disabilities can take pride.

Disability Pride Definition


Disability Pride has been defined as accepting and honoring each person's uniqueness and seeing it as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity. Disability Pride is an integral part of movement building, and a direct challenge of systemic ableism and stigmatizing definitions of disability.

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What is "Disability Pride"?

Sarah Triano wrote the following definition of "Disability Pride" for the Encyclopedia of Disability:

" 'Disability Pride represents a rejection of the notion that our physical, sensory, mental, and cognitive differences from the non-disabled standard are wrong or bad in any way, and is a statement of our self-acceptance, dignity and pride. It is a public expression of our belief that our disabilities are a natural part of human diversity, a celebration of our heritage and culture, and a validation of our experience. Disability Pride is an integral part of movement building, and a direct challenge to systemic ableism and stigmatizing definitions of disability. It is a militant act of self-definition, a purposive valuing of that which is socially devalued, and an attempt to untangle ourselves from the complex matrix of negative beliefs, attitudes, and feelings that grow from the dominant group's assumption that there is something inherently wrong with our disabilities and identity.'


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