Mark Disability History in Our Neighborhoods This Disability Pride Month

(l. to r.) Curtis Brewer; 334-336 East 8th Street; 97 Second Avenue; Frieda Zames 

Our neighborhoods have been a hub of civil rights and social justice organizing and activity throughout their existence, known for playing enormously important roles in the LGBTQ+ and African American civil rights movements, the women’s and women’s suffrage movements, the labor movement and immigrants rights movements, among others.

Perhaps less well-known but unsurprisingly, our neighborhoods have also played a critical role in the Disability Rights Movement and other efforts for dignity and equality for people with disabilities. And this Disability Pride Month we are highlighting that history with a new section added to our Civil Rights and Social Justice Map dedicated to work by and for the disabled community. Learn about transformative disability rights leaders who called our neighborhoods home, institutions rooted in the 19th century in our neighborhoods that began the long road to supporting and assisting people with disabilities, and activist organizations that fought to change the social and political landscape for people with disabilities. 

July 8, 2024