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The Second Annual Disability Pride Parade on 10 July 2016 in New York brought out people of “all abilities” in the words of Victor Calise, the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. They sang, rolled, marched, carried signs, took selfies, tried out new things and bonded during a day that celebrated their differences in a world that generally doesn’t.
Marchers listen to speakers and rally their groups before the march, which started in New York’s Union Square Park.
Commissioner Victor Calise of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities listens to Ambassador Oh Joon of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations in New York and the outgoing President of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Disability Pride Parade founder, jazz pianist Mike LeDonne, speaks about his daughter, Mary, whose struggle with Prader-Willi syndrome inspired the event.
Rehabilitation International Secretary-General, Venus Ilagan, marches in the 2016 Disability Pride Parade with Daniela Bas, Director of the Division for Social Policy and Development at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and Jennifer Garcia, a RI Global Staffer.
Parade founder Mike LeDonne takes daughter, Mary, down the route of the 2016 Disability Pride Parade on 10 July 2016
Members of the Axis Project, a Manhattan multidisciplinary center offering programs and activities designed to empower and motivate people with physical disabilities, participate in New York’s second annual Disability Pride parade.
The United Spinal Association, which enhances the quality of life of all people living with a spinal cord injury or disease, represents at the 2016 Disability Pride parade
A four-legged best friend catches a lift with the Axis Project at the 2016 Disability Pride Parade on 10 July 2016.
The smiling faces of many different people highlighted the route down Broadway during the 2016 Disability Pride Parade on 10 July 2016.
A marcher holding a sign highlighting Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which protects disabled people from harassment at work.
A disabled athlete poses for a selfie with a group of young people at the 2016 Disability Pride Parade on 10 July 2016.
Members of New York Road Runners Wheelchair Racing team help a prospective new member try out a sport chair during the post-rally at the Disability Pride Parade.
RI Global: Founded in 1922, Rehabilitation International (RI Global) is a global network promoting the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities and/or health problems through advocacy, habilitation, and rehabilitation to achieve an inclusive world where all people can enjoy full human rights.
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