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Toronto Disability Pride March - Keep Us Marching
$750 raised
75% of $1k goal
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3 Years running

Organizers from TDPM 2017I’m Melissa, the founder of the Toronto Disability Pride March (TDPM), an event I’ve co-organized since 2011 with some amazing co-organizers: Kevin, Janet, Kaarina, D!ONNE, and Samantha. We also are fortunate to receive a lot of in kind support from activists and community members across the city.

Each year over 100 disabled people and allies have joined in the march. The purpose of the march is to raise awareness of the issues facing people with disabilities in our community. Those issues are not limited to each individual’s daily challenges, but rather are compounded when we other systemic barriers such as class, race, gender, age, sexual identity, ethnic origin, poverty, etc. place a bigger and more oppressive barrier to us as a whole.

What many people do not realize about the march is that most of the costs come out of the pockets of the organizers. We don’t have the resources to seek permanent funding at this point, and we would not accept funding that would restrict our advocacy work.

The funds we use cover things like:

  • Accessibility needs like ASL and attendants
  • Transit fare for those who need it.
  • Coffee and snacks, also known as critical marching fuel
  • Helping to fund the Annual Beverly Smith Award.

We need your help to make this year’s march the most awesome yet. Please share what you can today!

We would also like to hear from those in our community who don’t have money to spare, but would like to volunteer, or come on out to the march.

Thank you for anything you can give to keep us marching. See you at the 2018 Toronto Disability Pride March!



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