Celebrating Disability Pride: Unveiling the Colors and Symbolism Behind the Flag and how can you help.

In recent years, Disability Pride Month has gained recognition as an important time to celebrate the achievements, diversity, and resilience of disabled individuals. The Disability Pride flag, with its vibrant colors and symbolic lightning bolt, serves as a powerful emblem of this movement. In this blog post, we will explore the significance of each color in the flag and delve into why it is crucial to increase awareness during this month to foster understanding and support for disabled people.

The Flag's Colors and their Meanings:

  • Green:  is for sensory disabilities, including deafness, blindness, lack of smell, lack of taste, audio processing disorder, and all other sensory disabilities
  • Blue:  stands for emotional and psychiatric disabilities, including mental illness, anxiety, and depression.
  • Red:  Represents physical disability.
  • White: Represents invisible / undiagnosed disabilities and illnesses.
  • Faded Black: represents the anger and mourning over the eugenics and the neglect that disabled people have to fight against.
  • Gold:  is for neurodiversity.

The Lightning Bolt Shape now removed: The lightning bolt in the original Disability Pride flag was removed due to causing symptoms for individuals with visually triggered disabilities including seizure and migraine disorders.  It is now a straight line of colours to be more inclusive. 

Disability Pride Month is an invaluable opportunity to raise awareness and educate society about the challenges faced by disabled individuals. It serves as a reminder that disability is a natural part of human diversity and should be celebrated rather than stigmatized. By increasing awareness, we can challenge misconceptions, combat ableism, and promote a more inclusive society that values and supports disabled individuals.

While disabled individuals possess incredible strength and resilience, it is essential for the community to receive support from others to educate themselves and spread awareness. Disability Pride Month encourages individuals to actively engage with the experiences, needs, and aspirations of disabled people. It inspires allies and advocates to amplify disabled voices, uplift their stories, and work towards creating a society that is accessible, inclusive, and equitable for all.

Show your support by shopping at businesses that are disability owned or those actively employing disabled people.  But most important of all is to educate yourself and lead by example, watch videos, programmes, listen to podcasts, read articles and books all that help to educate and create empathy and understanding.  Try to see beyond your own needs.  In your own environment, is it disabled friendly?  What should you look out for?  How can you fix things to suit someone? Be aware of your surroundings and do something to make change.  We will keep fighting as we always do, but gaining more and more support is key to help us all learn to use love and empathy to help each other.

Lots of Love

Bubba x

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