July Cultural events

July is Disability Pride Month and more

Happy Disability Pride Month! Since 1990, Disability Pride Month is celebrated in July in honor of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990. Across the United States, including here in New York, Disability Pride parades typically occur in July. However, due to COVID-19, this year's New York City Disability Pride Parade will take place in fall 2022. We encourage the Binghamton community to learn more about this large and diverse community and ways that we can contribute to the positive pride felt by people with disabilities.

Throughout July Binghamton also celebrates and observes: 

Learn more about the ADA and Disability Pride Month


What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life. Read More

What is Disability Pride and Disability Pride Month?

People with disabilities are the largest and most diverse minority within the population, representing all abilities, ages, races, ethnicities, religions and socio-economic backgrounds. Have you heard of “disability pride?” Do you have it and display it?

Disability pride is an integral part of movement building, and a direct challenge of systemic ableism and stigmatizing definitions of disability. Read More

Learn more about Accessibility Services


Binghamton University Services for Students, Faculty and Staff with Disabilities 

Binghamton University has a long history of commitment to providing access for individuals with disabilities. Binghamton provides support to the disability community via the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Affirmative Action Office, and Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).
  • SSD advocates for initiatives to support students, which includes serving as the primary entity to determine and authorize reasonable accommodations for students. Learn more
  • DEI in collaboration with Human Resources advocates for initiatives to support faculty and staff, which includes serving as the primary entity to determine and authorize reasonable accommodations for all campus employees.

As partners in access, both entities work with students, faculty and staff to facilitate an accessible and inclusive campus.

Your Legal Disability Rights

Know your rights under federal law. Read about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which protects people’s rights regarding employment, public accommodations, state and local government services, and more. Learn about special accommodations for voters and know how to fight job discrimination. Read More