Who We Are

Our Guiding Principles

  • NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US.
  • Respect for all people, regardless of disability status, age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, cultural background, or citizenship.
  • There is no “me” versus “them;” there is only “us.”
  • We must hold ourselves accountable for our actions and make amends for our injustices towards others.
  • Non-violent demonstration and a respect for human life and wellbeing. We believe in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Six Principles of Non-Violence:
    • Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
    • Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
    • Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people.
    • Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.
    • Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
    • Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.

Our Goals

  • To celebrate the diverse community of people living with disabilities, both in Pittsburgh and throughout the world.
  • To increase the visibility of people living with disabilities, including awareness of invisible disabilities, and recognize our value as productive members of society.
  • To empower individuals living with disabilities to be effective self-advocates.
  • To recognize disability as the largest minority group and the largest group living under the poverty line in the United States.
  • To bring together grassroots organizers, non-profits, civic organizations, and other groups because we are stronger together than apart.
  • To reduce the stigma of asking for help, and to support those who ask.