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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

A guide to highlight the resources at NECC on diversity, inclusion, equity, social justice, race, diverse functionality, gender, multiculturalism, LGBTTQI+, and anti-oppression..

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Disability Pride Month

 Stock imagine for Diverse disabilities.Disability Pride Month is celebrated annually in July. The celebration started in 1990 with the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990. ACA prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities. ADA recognizes the following persons:

  • persons with physical disabilities,
  • persons with cognitive and intellectual disabilities,
  • invisible or undiagnosed disabilities,
  • mental illness,
  • sensory and perception disabilities.

The first Disabilities Pride Month celebration was held in 1990 in Boston, MA (National Health Council, 2021).

American Disabilities Act

"The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. It also applies to the United States Congress.

To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability. An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered" (U.S. Dept. of Justice. ADA, 2020) 

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Defiant Lives: The Rise Of The Disability Rights Movement | Available at Kanopy.

Description: "A triumphant film that traces the origins of the world-wide disability rights movement. It tells the stories of the individuals who bravely put their lives on the line to create a better world where everyone is valued and can participate.

Featuring interviews and rarely seen archival footage, the film reveals how these activists fought to live outside of institutions, challenged the stigmas and negative image of disability portrayed by the media, demanded access to public transportation, and battled to reframe disability rights as a social responsibility relevant to us all.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Vigo Inclusion Film Festival. Official Selection at the Sydney Film Festival.

"A documentary on a civil movement that everyone needs to know about." - Dov Kornits, FilmInk"

Zoom In: Microaggressions and Disability | Available at Kanopy.

Description: "An intimate portrait of five disabled people living in the Pacific Northwest. They discuss microaggressions and implicit bias against people with disabiltiies, developing disability pride and identity, and how bias affects them every day. The film suggests how teachers, coworkers, health care workers, and families can become better allies to members of the largest minority group in the US."

Born This Way Presents: Deaf Out Loud | Available at Kanopy.

Description: "Executive produced by Academy Award-winner Marlee Matlin, this new documentary special follows three predominantly deaf families as they raise their children in a hearing world."

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