Celebrate Disability Pride Month with RPL’s YA Collection

Posted about 2 weeks ago by Genevievre Gray

Disability Pride Month is celebrated annually during the month of July, commemorating the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. This landmark civil rights law prohibits discrimination based on disability. The month is also meant to change the way people think about disabilities by ending the stigma and instead embracing people with disabilities’ identities, disability culture, and the societal contributions of people with disabilities. In addition, the month provides people with disabilities an opportunity to honor their diverse and unique abilities, while also continuing to bring awareness to the ongoing fight for equity.

To help honor the unique abilities of our community members, Richmond Public Library is proud to provide a recommended list of resources and a curated collection of books from our Young Adult collection, which feature characters with different abilities — many of which are written by “own voices” authors with disabilities.

Digital Resources

YA Disability Pride Collection

YA Disability Pride Final

Genevievre Gray

Genevievre Gray is a Senior Librarian at Richmond Public Library and the Coordinator for Young Adult Programs. She holds an MLIS from Syracuse University and is a former English and Creative Writing teacher, having taught middle school in Henrico County Public Schools. A native Richmonder, Genevievre is passionate about giving back to her community by overseeing clubs for teens, sharing resources, organizing workshops, and developing partnerships with youth organizations across the city. In her free time, Genevievre loves exploring international markets, trying new recipes, traveling, mood reading, collecting vinyl records, and taking her mini dachshund, Dashiell, to the park.

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