At AngeLink, we’re deeply committed to championing people from all walks of life. Supporting the Disability Rights Movement is no exception. July is Disability Pride Month, a time to reflect on the steps we can all take to advocate for and support the rights and dignity of people with disabilities.

Raising awareness is crucial, and we can start by informing ourselves and others about the challenges faced by people with disabilities. Understanding the social, economic, and structural barriers they encounter is the first step toward meaningful advocacy. At AngeLink, we’re passionate about fundraisers that support those causes. We’re honored that people across the country are leveraging our platform to share stories and insights from the disability community. Donating to these causes helps sustain the vital work being done to promote equality and accessibility.

One of the most effective ways to support the Disability Rights Movement is through direct action and advocacy. This involves engaging with policymakers to push for inclusive legislation. Laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have been instrumental, but much work still needs to be done. We need to advocate for policies that ensure equal access to education, employment, healthcare, and public spaces. Writing letters, making calls, and meeting with local representatives are all powerful ways to influence policy.

It’s also important to foster inclusivity within our own organizations and communities. AngeLink strives to create a workplace that values diversity and inclusion. This means not only providing equal opportunities when hiring but also ensuring that our work environment is inclusive and supportive. Inclusivity should extend beyond the workplace and into every aspect of community life, including schools, public transportation, recreational facilities, and studios. 

Mentorship and allyship are also vital. Offering mentorship to individuals with disabilities can help bridge the gap in career opportunities and personal development. As someone who has benefited from mentorship, I understand its impact. Allyship involves standing in solidarity with the disability community, advocating for their rights, and amplifying their voices. This can be as simple as attending disability rights events, sharing content on social media, or speaking up when witnessing discrimination or exclusion.

Championing the Disability Rights Movement requires us to educate ourselves and others, advocate for inclusive policies, foster inclusivity within our own communities, offer mentorship, and be active allies. As we celebrate Disability Pride Month, let’s commit to these actions and work together to build a more inclusive and equitable society for all.

Gerry Poirier

Founder and CEO of AngeLink