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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2023
Disability Pride: Weekend Under the Tent
Disability Pride PA partners with Oakland For All to a weekend of disability celebration!
Disability Pride Pittsburgh: Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 11:00am-4:00pm
Saturday’s festivities will begin with stage performances, emceed by comedian Gab Bonesso, and a parade around Schenley Plaza at 11:00am. The keynote speaker is Dr. Rory Cooper, Founding Director and VA Senior Research Career Scientist of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) at the University of Pittsburgh. Other speakers include Nyota Robinson, Cori Fraser, Libby Powers, State Rep Dan Miller, and WD ‘Bill’ Chrisner. Stage performances include Gab Bonesso (comedy) and musicians, Ryan Gilfillian, The Elemental, and Soul Raydio. Sketches of local disability rights advocates by artist Tammi Morton will be displayed at the Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium table. Accessible games/activities, a sensory-friendly chill zone, and vendors will be present throughout the festival. Vicki Landers, Founder and Executive Director of Disability Pride PA, shared that “we are thrilled to spend a fun weekend with our friends and community in Pittsburgh!” Those who are interested in attending and/or volunteering can register at https://tinyurl.com/DPPGH23. Individuals who need disability accommodations (i.e., tactile ASL interpreter) are encouraged to register in advance. For more information, please visit https://www.disabilitypridepa.org/dppittsburgh
Sponsors include Highmark Wholecare, Disability Rights Pennsylvania, Amerihealth Caritas CHC, Achieva, Autism Connection of PA, PA Health & Wellness, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, Achieva Family Trust, Inglis, Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation, FISA Foundation, Laurel Medical Solutions, UPMC Health Plan, Mainstay Life Services, Pittsburgh Regional Transit, Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.
About the Organization:
Disability Pride PA is a, nonprofit 501c3, disabled led organization whose mission is to create inclusive, accessible programs across the Commonwealth of PA celebrating the disability experience with the community at large. In addition to hosting Disability Pride events across the state, Disability Pride PA also provides disability workshops, ADA compliance assessments, event planning, consulting, and focus groups. For more information, please visit: https://www.disabilitypridepa.org/
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