Disability Pride parade on Saturday


The fifth annual West Coast Disability Pride Parade and Festival is set for Saturday, July 19, from noon to 3:30 p.m.

The event will celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and is one of many Disability Pride events taking place around the world. The festival will include a Disability, Veteran and Aging Resource Fair as well as activities, games and live performances by singer-songwriter Elizabeth Pope and others. There will also be open microphone performances.

The parade will start at Centennial Plaza and continue on Castro Street toward Pioneer Park.

Ania Flatau, who lives with spina bifida, will serve as grand marshal. She is a 26-year-old student at California State University, Monterey Bay.

"Disability Pride means having the knowledge that the person you are is phenomenal and you have every right to experience life the way you see fit," Flatau said.

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Posted by care-for-all
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 18, 2014 at 3:27 pm

I didn't know about this and am happy that this special event is happening right here in our own Mountain View. I have often wondered why I don't see more disabled people out and about in our community. I want to say to all the disabled people: Please come out of your homes as much as you can and enjoy the wonderful city that we all share. You will find kind people who will appreciate seeing the diversity that you bring. I hope that no one is hiding in shame thinking their differences are not welcomed. Mountain View is rich in its diversity and welcomes all. Enjoy the parade tomorrow!

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Posted by disabled person
a resident of Castro City
on Jul 18, 2014 at 5:05 pm

You don't see many disabled people because it is actually very difficult to get around in Mountain View for a disabled person. The sidewalks are often dangerous, too narrow, the cars too fast and don't look, the shopping centers not designed well to get in and out. Taking a walk can be quite difficult with the super wide streets (California, El Camino, Shoreline, San Antonio, etc.) Many little things that I never noticed when not disabled make it quite difficult and sometimes impossible to get out easily if at all. Also, I am not sure I ever like being seen as disabled, to me this gives the feeling of being treated different and on display and not being the what I can be and do. Everyone has defects and inabilities, some are just more body based than others.
It is ironic that some non-physically disabled people have a character disability, yet have a sense of self pride.

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Posted by terry
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 18, 2014 at 6:24 pm

i agree with the previous comment. no way is mountain view a handicap friendly community. i am a 47 year old woman with ms and face judgment and unacceptable handicap accommodations all over town. thank you for the invitation but i will not be attending this farce of an event.

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Posted by Troo
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 19, 2014 at 11:03 am

To those disabled persons who find Mountain View a difficult place to live, I empathize. I've recently been spending a lot of time with someone confined to a motorized wheelchair. It's opened my eyes. I've been so impressed by the courage, resourcefulness and persistence required of such confinement. That said, and in the spirit of my friend, this is an opportunity to bring more awareness to the needs of the disabled. Get out into the community, scary as that sometimes seems. You have a voice, you have support.

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