July is Disability Pride Month, one of my favorite times of year to celebrate Disability pride and culture and to honor the history, experiences, and struggles of the Disability community. As the Global President of Google’s Disability Alliance employee resource group (DA), a group of Disabled workers and their allies, I experience every day how this group supports each other and advocates for a Disability-inclusive company culture.
As someone who has not always been included or respected, I feel a personal responsibility to do whatever I can to create a better world for my Disabled and Neurodiverse comrades. This year for Disability Pride, I felt moved to create a film amplifying the stories of Disability Alliance members, especially those who are multiply marginalized and multiply disabled. This film features members of the DA as we share our stories with filmmaker Jim LeBrecht.
The Disability Alliance’s mission statement is: Educate, Celebrate, Organize! I am so grateful for the community members and allies who have driven progress in so many areas at Google. This film is just one of many ways we’re bringing DA’s mission to life, and I hope it motivates everyone to educate themselves about Disability justice, celebrate Disability culture, and organize events and efforts around building spaces where people with any disabilities can live how they want to live.