disability pride nyc parade cancelled

The Disability Pride Parade is Back in NYC! Sunday, October 2, 2022

The DPNYC Parade had taken place annually in the month of the July, the anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, from 2015 through 2019. Unfortunately, the parade was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Because of the requests from New York’s Disability Community to have the parade in a cooler month, the parade was moved from July to October this year. We thank our community for this feedback and ask for more feedback to better guide us for this year’s parade and future events to maximize both the highest level of community participation while helping people stay safe as we celebrate and showcase our creativity. Please contact us to build and shape our parade at  DisabilityPrideParadePresident@Gmail.Com. 

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Geraldo Rivera’s televised expose of the horrific conditions at the Willowbrook Institution for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the 35th anniversary of its closing because of the protracted efforts and struggles of the Disability Community.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

10 A.M. Gather at Madison Square Park

Roll, Scoot, March, Ride, and Walk down Broadway to Union Square

12 noon – Union Square – Disability Pride Festival of artists, entertainers, musicians, and speakers from the Disability Community

Disability Independence Day March
– New York City, July 25, 1993
with Banner reading:
“Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Disability Pride New York City Logo

First Annual Disability Pride Parade to Captivate the Big Apple

(Original article from Abilities.com by Amy Meisner-Threet, DPNYC board member, MSW, SAG-AFTRA. Read the full article here.)

This year’s historic First Annual Disability Pride Parade will take place Sunday, July 12, 2015 in New York City. The day will be a celebration of people with disabilities joined by their families, friends and thousands of New Yorkers who make up this diverse city. Come and enjoy the music, dance, comedy and speakers!

The program begins in Madison Square Park at 10 am, with a pre-parade show and rally. The Parade kicks off at noon, and will proceed down Broadway to Union Square, through the well-ramped entrance on 16th Street. There will be ramps, curb cuts and barriers set up to enter the plaza. The NYPD along with volunteers will be available to assist people in an organized fashion.

Awe-Inspiring Talent Headlines Disability Pride Parade

There will be a diverse group of performers at both stages with many abilities, a variety of music and different styles of dance including Latin, Middle Eastern, Jazz, Pop, Rap, Rock and Musical Theatre.

We have Blessing Offer, finalist from The Voice as well as Matthew Whitaker, a jazz organ prodigy. Dancers include pioneer in disability dance Kitty Lunn. Johnny Crescendo, a civil rights pioneer and folksinger, will also be joining us.

Emcees include Andea Dalzell, Ms. Wheelchair New York 2015. Speakers Victor Calise, Commissioner from The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, Councilwoman Margarita Lopez and Michael J. Schweinsburg, Executive Director of DPNYC.

Talent is coordinated by Brooke Fox and myself. And hat’s off to Brooke, who painstakingly put together the running of the program with constant changes.

Musician and Father to Child with Disabilities Launched Disability Pride NYC

Although the Disability Independence Day March occurred on July 26, 1992, with subsequent marches in NYC, this will be our first large scale Pride Parade in NYC. There have been very successful Disability Pride Parades in other states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Chicago has been hosting Disability Pride Parades for 12 years.

The creation of our organization, Disability Pride NYC (DPNYC) can be attributed to jazz musician, Mike LeDonne, President and Founder of DPNYC. A fixture on the jazz scene here in New York, nationally and internationally acclaimed, he is also a devoted father. His daughter Mary, 11, was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic disorder that has left her with developmental disabilities, without speech, legally blind and often using a wheelchair.

(Read the full article here on the Abilities.com website)

Come visit Us at the Abilities Expo May 1-3, 2015

We will be at the New York Metro Abilities Expo on May 1-3, 2015 at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center, where we would like to introduce you to all the great things we have to offer! In addition to us, you can look forward to the latest products and services, information-packed workshops and fun activities for the whole family. Don’t miss THE leading event for people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals.


Disability Pride New York City, Reelabilities Film Festival

Reelabilities Film Festival

Discount code for tickets: RFFPRIDE7

Presented by JCC Manhattan, the 7th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. The festival presents award-winning films in various locations throughout the NYC metropolitan area. Discussions and other engaging programs bring the community together to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

Visit Reelabilities for complete info and ticket information