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July is Disability Pride Month!

Check out the Disability Pride Parade in Chicago held every year!

Oak Point Library

Oak Point Library
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Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8:00am-8:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Sunday: Closed

 

Americans with Disabilities Act

Disability Pride Month is celebrated in July because it is the anniversary of the signing of the American's with Disabilities Act on July 26th, 1990. 

The ADA guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to enjoy employment opportunities, purchase goods, and services and participate in state and local government programs. 

ADA.gov

Disability Impacts All of Us

Source: CDC.gov

What is Disability?

What is disability?
A disability is any condition of the body or mind (impairment) that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities (activity limitation) and interact with the world around them (participation restrictions).
There are many types of disabilities, such as those that affect a person’s:
  • Vision
  • Movement
  • Thinking
  • Remembering
  • Learning
  • Communicating
  • Hearing
  • Mental health
  • Social relationships
Although “people with disabilities” sometimes refers to a single population, this is actually a diverse group of people with a wide range of needs. Two people with the same type of disability can be affected in very different ways. Some disabilities may be hidden or not easy to see.
According to the World Health Organization, disability has three dimensions:1
  1. Impairment in a person’s body structure or function, or mental functioning; examples of impairments include loss of a limb, loss of vision or memory loss.
  2. Activity limitation, such as difficulty seeing, hearing, walking, or problem solving.
  3. Participation restrictions in normal daily activities, such as working, engaging in social and recreational activities, and obtaining health care and preventive services.
Disability can be:
Source: CDC.gov