It's all about "culture". It is all about "pride". Disability Pride! It is all about "identity"!
These were the messages that three dynamic young leaders from the North Carolina Youth Leadership Network brought to The Arc convention today. These young people are the next generation of disability rights leaders.
Here is just one example of their leadership this year:
NCYLN worked hard this legislative session on thier first legislative agenda. NCYLN wrote and advocated for the passage of a Disability History and Awareness bill. This legislation designates October as Disability History and Awareness Month and incorporates our history, culture, and accomplishments into our K-12 classrooms. This bill was signed into law on July 27, 2007.
This amazing group of leaders shared their vision of a different disability movement, one that is inclusive of all people with disabilities, one that uses advocacy and activism, and one that changes the perception from a medical model to a "cultural model".
I can't wait until the first North Carolina Disability Pride Day!!