At a recent ceremony hosted by the City of Malden’s Disability Commission, Mayor Gary Christenson officially proclaimed the month of July as “Disability Pride Month.” This declaration marks the City’s commitment to raise awareness, acknowledge rights, and foster the empowerment of individuals with disabilities within the city. The event included a program led by the newest member of the Commission, Kate Higgins, who shared information about the meaning of Disability Pride Month and its importance to the community. Resident Chukwuka Ezewuzie also shared his thoughts and experiences.
Disability Pride Month aims to create an atmosphere of understanding, support, and respect for people of all abilities, while highlighting their exceptional talents and achievements across all spheres of life. “We strive to cultivate a city where diversity and inclusion are celebrated, and everyone is treated with the respect and dignity they deserve,” said Mayor Christenson. “I continue to be grateful to Disability Commission Chair Marilyn Andrews and all the members of the Commission for their leadership in creating a more equitable and accessible city.”
Pictured, first row, far left: Amanda Belles, Vice Chair (seated); Maria Luise, ADA Commissioner; Mayor Gary Christenson; Chukwuka Ezewuzie; Marilyn Andrews, Chair; and Kate Higgins. Back row, from left: Ralph Long, City Councillor Steve Winslow; Councillor-At-Large Carey McDonald; School Committee member Sharon Rose Zeiberg