In our post last week, we wrote that October is National Disability Employment Awareness month. While the focus is largely on employment, advocacy groups also want to use this time to promote disability awareness in general.
To that end, the fourth annual New Jersey Disability Pride Parade & Celebration was recently held in Trenton. According to news sources, the event featured hundreds of participants and attendees and included exhibitors from nearly two dozen organizations offering goods and services relevant to the disability community.
The event was organized by the Alliance Center for Independence. A press release put out by the ACI noted that “the purpose of the New Jersey Disability Pride Parade is to bring people, organizations and businesses together to celebrate pride with the disability community and to promote the belief that disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity while generating national awareness for the disability community.”
As with certain other issues, disability is too often in the background of society. Individuals who have lived with a disability their entire life have probably had time and opportunity to learn about what resources are available to them. Others who became disabled in adulthood, however, might not know where to turn for help and support. Events like the Disability Pride Parade are important, in part, because they take away the (completely undeserved) shame and stigma associated with disability and let people know that help and support are available.
Speaking of help and support, one of the biggest issues posed by disability is the need for financial support. If you can no longer work due to a disability, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. An experienced attorney can guide you through the application and appeals processes, and can help you pursue the benefits you deserve.
Source: MyCentralJersey.com, “4th Annual New Jersey Disability Pride Parade & Celebration draws hundreds,” Oct. 7, 2014