MDRC cultivates disability pride and strengthens the disability movement by recognizing disability as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity while collaborating to dismantle all forms of oppression.
Knowing and feeling one’s pride and applying our unique voice, skills, and actions with energy and confidence to achieve a vision (of full citizenship in all places: personal relationships, home, school, work, community, institutions, etc.)
Includes the commitment to provide personal and institutional support for people with disabilities who are seeking to claim their full and rightful place, power, and pride.
Knowing, practicing, and using the skills to make changes.
Is expressed when disability communities protest discrimination and celebrate disability culture, heritage, and history.
Accepting and honoring our uniqueness and seeing it as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity. Pride comes from celebrating our own heritage, culture, unique experiences and contributions.
Disability Pride recognizes the power we have to make change.
Disability Pride results when we challenge and ultimately undo the negative beliefs, attitudes, and feelings and systematic oppression that come from the dominate groups' thinking that there is something wrong with our identify or our disabilities.
Disability Pride rejects shame and the need to "blend in".
Disability Pride is self acceptance and validation of our uniqueness.
Disability Pride results in making choices based on the respect for interdependence, accommodations, and creativity.
Disability Pride is the feeling of strong connection with a community of other people.
Disability Pride recognizes that it is our uniqueness that will transform all people and institutions (society).