This is our 20th year celebrating disability pride and culture. We want to make this year's celebration bigger than ever! To help makes this the best time ever, a new website has been made! You can see the photos and messages about disability pride from June 3rd by visiting this new site.

Our 19th annual "Speak Out 2017" was called "Humanity and Me". On June 2nd, we looked back at what we have done to help shape Alberta to be a better place for all. 

This year's celebration was at the Lougheed House located at 707, 13 Avenue SW. 

Tickets on eventbrite 

One of the features of the day was a pop-up gallery. The gallery had shared stories and artefacts from the past that help shaped Alberta's human rights and quality of life.

Have a look at this pride commercial called "I define me". A commercial created by people with disabilities about disability pride.  

Last year's (2016) disability pride and culture celebration known as 'Speak Out' was called "The Right to Dream". 

If you want to see highlights from the day, click on top right corner of the photo below (three dots) to open in an new tab. 

Held at 'The Artbox 17E' 1807, 42 Street SE. 



The Right to Dream! Speak Out 18 - Friday, June 3rd at the Artbox!

Last year's Speak Out 2015 called "Eat, Cook, Grow" and held at Twin Views Communal Gardens. We had a great time! Photos can be found here

Eat, Cook, Grow in a celebration of Food Security!
We are celebrating our connections to eating, growing & cooking!

Speak Out 2014 has come and gone! 
Wow what a day! link

International Day of Disabled Persons, December 3rd, is coming. Stay tuned for more details to come! 

But until then, check out what we did last year at the celebration!!! 

Every year we celebrate our diversity, our culture, shared identity and our stories. This year we held a 'Pride, Powered by PechaKucha' series at the Jack Singer in Calgary, Alberta. Thank you to all the fabulous speakers, supporters and sponsors who made this event possible. 

After all, it's our 15th anniversary of the Disability Action Hall!

We celebrated big in 2013! We had a quality of life parade in June and  for "International Day of Disabled Persons 2013" and we hosted Pride: Powered by PechaKucha! PechaKucha means 'ChitChat'. 
See the videos here!  

This artistic format began in Japan where we speakers take on the challenge to speak to 20 slides, 20 seconds each! 
Click here to view all eight presenters and why not visit the official PechaKucha site ?

And feel free to visit the official site. As well, International Day of Disabled Persons website for Calgary.

Disability Pride Parades!
We held our 15th Annual Disability Pride parade on Friday  June 7th, 2013. This year we talked about quality services and the need to protect our services! 
To see photos of the Quality of Life parade, visit our online album! 
Media coverage  Calgary Sun, June 10th, 2013
Photos courtesy of Calgary Sun, June 7, 2013, photo by Jim Wells, Article written by Bill Kaufmann, June 7th, 2013

Parade downtown Calgary, women in her wheelchair proud to be disabled
Celebrating Quality of Life at Olympic Plaza in Calgary, June 7th, 2013

 “Quality of Life” Speak Out Pride Parade 2013 - Friday June 7th, 2013
Wear rainbow colours! 

 Noon- 3:30 pm

Parade Step off at Olympic Plaza - 228 8 Ave SE at 12 pm
Parade ends at Vertigo Theatre- 115 - 9 Avenue S. 1:30-2 pm.
Enjoy performances by Momo at 2-3:30 pm - pay what  you can. 

Speak Out Disability Pride Parade June 7 12-3:30 pm
Speak Out Parade down Stephen Avenue! Come join us for our 15th Annual Pride Parade


International Day of Disabled Persons, 
Monday, December 3rd, 2012

This year's 2012 International Day of Disabled Persons celebrates 'Accessibility'.
was held on  Monday, December 3rd, 2012 at Devonian Gardens at Noon! People brought colourful scarves and we wanted to thank our flash mob partners; Momo Mixed Ability Dance, Inside Out and the City of Calgary. Thank you so much. 

Links to media coverage and photos:
Photos of IDDP
Media Coverage:  
Calgary is Awesome "A Very Important Day is just around the corner"
Calgary Metro
City of Calgary website  and on flickr
People dressed colourfully for spontaneous dancing in an inside downtown mall
Flashmob At Devonian Gardens, photo courtesy of Jacqui Soppit

Stayed tuned for more announcements about Speak Out 2013 on Friday, June 7th!!! 

Thank you to all for this year's Speak Out 14 -
Disability On the Move held on Friday, June 1st, 2012
Calgary, Alberta.

Disability is not a dirty word
Speak Out 14 "Disability on the Move" was another great success. We celebrated as citizens on the move! We are celebrating our ability to move around in our City with mobile performances, walks, talks and in films! 

Our three performance groups surprised Calgary with a glimpse of disability culture on the move!
Performances by "Inside Out Theatre" on West Leg LRT and "Momo Dance Theatre" on the Eastbound LRT, and a waling tour of downtown LRT with artist Sharon Stevens. We learn about spaces that are cherish by the disability community.

Then we had some fun at the drumming circle finished off our outside tour at the John Dutton Theatre in our downtown Memorial Park library. We had several community groups have tables in the lobby on display. We then began the celebration with some song and greetings from the library.
We were also joined by:
  • Deputy Mayor Gael MacLeod, 
  • MLA Kent Hehr, 
  • The Calgary Sexual Health Centre, 
  • Women Together Ending Poverty,
  • The Women's Centre of Calgary 
  • Musician Silver
  • Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative
  • Push To Open Society
  • Poets, Dancers and a repeat performances by Inside Out, Momo Mixed Ability and a film by the OX I love Calgary Tour. 
What a show!!
Click here for pictures of the event! 

Thank you to all the volunteers, Calgary Transit, City of Calgary, Calgary SCOPE Society, Persons with Developmental Disabilities Calgary Community Board and the generous efforts of the Disability Action Hall for making this day possible!

Weblinks to our partners who help make this day as fun as possible:

How we celebrate disability pride

For nearly 14 years we have been loud and proud.

Why not visit a Digitising Disability. It is trying to collect the work and stories of disabled artists on the web. Visit the Digitising Disability facebook group to learn more.

We also been part of a collective to help celebrate  International Day of Disabled Persons held on December 3rd in Calgary for the last five years.

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