We celebrate important events in our lives,
Birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, too.
We say congratulations
And throw a party or two.
It’s important to come together
To share in others’ joy.
To hear them say,
“You matter. I am so proud of you!”
But there’s one group of people
Who need to hear this, too.
They need to hear something positive
Said about them and all that they can do.
We are people who struggle every day
To overcome the barriers that are placed in our way.
We need an affirmation of our importance to you.
We are doing the best that we can.
We don’t feel sorry for ourselves.
Why should you?
I am me,
And you are you.
Let’s therefore celebrate
And gather, too,
To hear the shouts,
It is in this spirit that I will say
To all who gather here today,
“Congratulations on your disability,
On this Disability Pride Day!”