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December 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022

A “Straight Diagonal” version of the Disability Pride Flag: A charcoal gray flag with a diagonal band from the top left to bottom right corner, made up of five parallel stripes in red, gold, pale gray, blue, and green

December 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022
July is Disability Pride Month in the United States

Explanation of the elements of the Disability Pride Flag: 

The base of the flag is a black background. This design originally intersected diagonally with five brightly colored zig zags that were shaped like lightning bolts: blue, yellow, white, red, and green.

The original version was created in 2019 by Ann Magill with feedback from community members and is referred to as the Lightning Bolt Disability Pride Flag. Later, a new version that was more accessible to people with visually-triggered disabilities, was created by Ann, and replaced the original version. This newer version is called the Visually Safe Disability Pride Flag.

What the colors represent:

  • The black background on the flag represents and mourns the many lives lost to the conditions we are affected by, but also due to negligence, violence, lack of resources, suicide, the repercussions of eugenics, etc.
  • Blue represents mental illness 
  • Yellow represents cognitive and intellectual disabilities
  • White represents hidden or undiagnosed disabilities
  • Red represents physical disabilities
  • Green represents sensory perception disabilities