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Chicago To Host First International Disability Pride Parade
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 15, 2004

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--Chicago is hosting the first annual International Disability Pride Parade this Sunday, July 18.

According to organizers, hundreds of organizations and individuals with disabilities are expected to turn out for the parade and post-parade rally.

The parade's Grand Marshal will be disability rights advocate Yoshiko Dart, widow of Justin Dart, who played a principal role in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The rally is expected to feature presentations by human rights activists, including Judy Heumann, co-founder of the World Institute on Disability and former Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education.

The Disability Pride Parade is Chicago's key event celebrating Disability Pride Month, leading up to the 14th anniversary of the ADA on July 26.

Over a hundred individuals and groups are sponsoring the event.

Disability Pride Parade
"Pride Is Power" by Sarah Triano
Disability Pride Calendar


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