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- To change the way people think about and define “disability”;
- To break down and end the internalized shame among people with Disabilities; and
- To promote the belief in society that Disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity in which people living with Disabilities can take pride.
2014 Grand Marshall
Gary Arnold has been a disability advocate for eleven years vocationally as public relations coordinator at Access Living, the center for independent living services for people with disabilities, in Chicago. He is also president of Little People of America, a member of Chicago ADAPT a volunteer direct action disability rights organization, a member of the Crossroads Fund's Development and Communications Committee and a board member of the Community Media Workshop.
The parade will gather at Plymouth Court, immediately behind the Library. The entrance is from Congress Expressway. At 11:00 sharp we will march West on Van Buren to Dearborn, then North on Dearborn to Daley Plaza. The after-parade celebration begins as people arrive at Daley Plaza.
Here is a map of the route:
Who We Are
The Disability Pride Parade Planning (DP3) Committee is composed of a group of grass-roots volunteers from various disability-related organizations and affiliations. We are individuals with disabilities, our allies, friends and families. Some have assumed leadership roles at various times, others join the committee in the Spring, when the detailed planning (registration, T-Shirts, Buttons, etc) are being chosen, and others volunteer immediately before and during the parade and celebration itself.
For more information, visit Disability Pride Parade website:http://www.disabilityprideparade.com/