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Happy Disability Pride Month

It all started on July 26, 1990, when President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. This landmark legislation was the first federal civil rights protection for people with disabilities, prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, and transportation.

As such, July is recognized as Disability Pride Month, an opportunity to loudly denounce ableism (social prejudice against people with disabilities), encourage continued representation of people with disabilities in the media, and celebrate the members of our community who have disabilities.

The month has grown to be celebrated worldwide, with countries marking the occasion with events like parades, community events, and social media campaigns to raise awareness and celebrate the disability community. Major cities in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, Germany, and Japan host inclusive festivals, educational workshops, cultural programs, and advocacy campaigns. Online, virtual events, story-sharing, and global awareness initiatives amplify the celebration. These activities honor the identity and achievements of people with disabilities while promoting inclusion and accessibility worldwide.

Disability Pride Month holds significant importance for Nonotuck. The month serves as a vital opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements, strengths, and unique identities of the people we support. Let’s embrace this time to amplify the voices of people with disabilities, promote inclusivity, and advocate for greater awareness and understanding within the broader community. Through various events, educational programs, and community engagement,

Nonotuck reaffirms its commitment to fostering an environment where everyone, regardless of ability, is respected, valued, and empowered to live their fullest lives.

“(Through shared living) people with a disability experience a real transformation and discover confidence in themselves; they discover their capacity to make choices, and also find a certain liberty and above all their dignity as human beings.”

Caregiving with Love:
Guide for Shared Living Providers

Learn how Nonotuck developed a love-based ideology of care. We started our shared living program as an alternative to group homes for people with disabilities. Instead, Shared Living creates genuine life transformation for people with disabilities, as well as families and communities. The true power of caregiving is found through hospitality, authenticity, and love.

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