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April 20, 2006

Disability Pride Parade Registration and Sponsorship Now Available

On Saturday, July 22, 2006, join an expected crowd of at least five thousand people with disabilities and our allies as we celebrate in the third annual Disability Pride Parade. The theme for the 2006 Disability Pride Parade is DISABLED AND PROUD 2006: Celebrating Disability Arts and Culture. This year, the Parade will have a highly visible, prominent route through Chicago's Loop ending in Daley Plaza with a post-parade celebration.

The grand marshall for the Parade will be actor and activist Robert David Hall -- known to many people as coroner Dr. Al Robbins on the award-winning television show CSI. "I'm thrilled to be returning to Chicago and extremely honored to be this year's Disability Pride Parade Grand Marshall," Hall told Parade organizers. "As one of a handful of actors with a visible disability who work in television, I know how difficult it can be for a person with a disability to make a living in the arts. Indeed, there are huge gaps across the board between able-bodied and disabled citizens in employment, education, and general opportunity. These disparities bring us together as people with disabilities -- we're proud of who we are, our talents, and what we contribute. We're fighting for full inclusion in every area and level of American life: this Parade is another piece of that puzzle."

Since its inception in 2004, the internationally recognized Disability Pride Parade has actively engaged in its mission of changing the way people think about and define disability; breaking down and ending the internalized shame among people with disabilities; and promoting the belief in society that disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity in which people living with disabilities take pride. The Disability Pride Parade celebrates and strengthens the pride, power, and unity of people with disabilities.

Sponsorship opportunities and registration for Parade contingents are now available online at
Organizations sponsoring the Parade will receive mention in official Parade materials as well as have the option to table at the post-parade celebration. While Parade registration is free, Parade contingent places are limited and do fill up quickly.

Help build pride, power and unity among people with disabilities!
Sponsor the Parade
Register your Parade contingent

Disability Pride Parade Planning Committee, c/o Access Living
614 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-253-7000, ext. 195 (voice); 312-253-7002 (tty)
Fax: 312-253-7001

Posted by W. A. Thomasson