to 31 Jul
Disability Pride Month is celebrated in July each year. It has been described as a day to “accept and honour each person’s uniqueness” and “promote visibility and mainstream awareness” of positive pride felt by people with disabilities. For the disabled community, the month encourages self-acceptance and embracing all disabilities. It is a chance to focus on and celebrate the disabled community and their pride. Alongside the celebration, the month is also a chance to kickstart conversations about disability experiences and issues.
Illustration credit: Carl Lokko
This year for Disability Pride Month, the Disabilities Staff Network, chaired by Sean Morton, is holding an information stand in the Minerva building on the following dates:
- 4th July
- 11th July
- 19th July
- 26th July
The Disability Pride flag will also be flying from the flagpole outside INB throughout the month of July.
The flag represents:
- The stripes symbolise cutting through barriers and suggest that these are walls and ceilings.
- The colours on the new flag are softened and not a ‘bolt of lightning’ to accommodate those sensory issues that bright colours may affect, also less emphasis on red and green for colour blindness.
- Green for sensory disabilities
- Blue for mental health
- White for undiagnosed and invisible
- Red for physical disabilities
- Gold for neurodiversity
- Black mourns those who die due to their disability, eugenics
Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care
Sean qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1993 from St. Bartholomews Hospital in London. From 1999, he worked as a staff, then charge, nurse in a Level One trauma centre in Phoenix, Arizona (USA), where he completed his MA in Organisational Management, and was appointed Assistant Professor in nursing. In 2007 he returned to the UK, and after a brief management post in the NHS looking at Stategic Workforce planning, he secured a lecturership at Nottingham University, and now at the University of Lincoln. He continues to have an interest in trauma and head injury management.View Sean's Profile