Disability Pride Lehigh Valley

Saturday July 20, 2024
11 AM – 3 PM
Arts Park
24-32 N. Fifth Street
Allentown, PA

Disability Pride Lehigh Valley is a celebration of the disability community showcasing art, live music, special guests, resource tables, food trucks, and games for all ages. All are welcome to this free-admission event!

This year we are excited to partner with The Baum School of Art, Allentown Art Museum, Zoellner Arts Center, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and Lehigh University Art Galleries to celebrate the Lehigh Valley’s diverse community. 

This event is presented by the Lehigh Valley Arts & Cultural Alliance in partnership with Disability Pride PA. The Lehigh Valley Arts & Cultural Alliance centers accessibility as a core component of its mission, and is committed to fostering a culture of access and inclusivity among Lehigh Valley artists, art educators, arts supporters, and arts & cultural venues. We work to address the needs of underserved populations for whom participation in the arts may not be economically, historically, or otherwise available. Disability Pride PA is an organization that promotes visibility, cultivates pride, and advocates for an inclusive world for those with disabilities. They are dedicated to serving every disability community and ensure that their practices are informed by the voices of those they serve.

Opportunities to Get Involved

Seeking Sponsors

We’re seeking corporations, small businesses, nonprofits, and local vendors to join us as sponsors.

We anticipate welcoming at least 500 attendees to Disability Pride Lehigh Valley. Sponsors will generate new leads, increase brand awareness, and build connections with Lehigh Valley residents while showing your support for the disability community.

Read more about Sponsorship tiers here

Visual Artist Open Call

The second annual Disability Pride Lehigh Valley Juried Exhibition is in collaboration with The Baum School of Art. All submitting artists must identify as a person with a disability. Disability is a broad umbrella that covers a variety of lived experiences. 

Read the full prospectus here

Call for Performers

We’re soliciting regional performers to join us on the entertainment stage. Performing artists of all kinds are invited to apply. This includes (but is not limited to):  musicians, actors, comedians, movement-based performers, and dancers.

Artists may apply as an individual or a group. The applicant must identify as a person with a disability. For group applicants, one member of the group must identify as a person with a disability.

Invited artists will perform for 40 minutes and receive an honorarium!

Seeking Volunteers

We’re seeking volunteers to help with many different tasks on the day of the event and will find a role for anyone interested in volunteering. Sign up for one or more shifts that fit your schedule, and we’ll be in touch closer to the event with specific details.

DPLV Host Chaz Hayden

Chaz Hayden headshot

Chaz Hayden is the author of The First Thing About You and the upcoming YA novel Diet Soda Club. Through his writing and his YouTube channel, he speaks with abundant positivity and encourages people to “Be different. Leave a trail.” Chaz grew up in New Jersey and now lives in Easton, where he is the host of a TV series called Front Row with Chaz which airs on WFMZ and highlights businesses and venues in the Lehigh Valley that ensure accessibility for people with disabilities.

Follow him on Instagram @TheChazHayden.

Event Line Up

Updates added regularly!

Full Schedule
Welcome: Vicki Landers
Executive Director, Disability Pride PA
11:05Keynote Speaker: Amy Beck
Executive Director, LVCIL
11:10 Introductions & Events Announcements: Jacqui Schwartz
Arts & Accessibility Manager, LVACA
11:15Friends of Tom Band
11:45Speaker: Karen Rollins-Fitch
Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Highmark Wholecare
11:50Speaker: Michael Freeman
11:55Nicole Rissmiller
12:25Speaker: Peri Jude Radecic
CEO, Disability Rights PA
12:30Controlled Chaos
1:00Speaker: Ann Lalik
Gallery Coordinator, Penn State Lehigh Valley
1:10Gooch and the Motion
2:05Larry Mason
2:35Closing Remarks

Friends of Tom Band

Friends of Tom has been performing in and around the Lehigh Valley since 2005, and is honored that Liz Younger, vocalist, is a 2018 Lehigh Valley Music Award recipient. Friends of Tom plays a high energy mix of rock, blues, and country. When you hear the boot stomping you know Friends of Tom is going into high gear.

Nicole Rissmiller

Singer, artist, poet, intersectional feminist.

Controlled Chaos

Emmaus High School students Chris Tucker (guitar), Hayden David (vocals), Paul Schmidt (bass), and Vic Schmidt (drums). Controlled Chaos came together through The Lesson Center.

Gooch and The Motion

Americana Rock band based in South Jersey, composed of a rotating cast of musicians and lead singer Ryan 'Gooch' Nelson.

Larry Mason

Larry Mason is a Master’s of Fine Arts student at Moravian in collaboration with Touchstone Theatre. He is exploring Disability Accessibility and Advocacy in connection through Theatre and how this personal art form can heighten the work done. Larry deals with a spinal injury, narcolepsy, and Dyslexia. Although it can make things difficult at times, he appreciates that it helps him really enjoy the days of health and peace.

Visual Art Exhibition

DPLV Art Show

A pop-up visual art exhibition featuring works by Mary Ann Dunwoodie, Derick Fiedler, Michael Freeman, Marissa Grello, Marie Jeanne Haba, Heidi Hooper, Justin Kaniper, Mark A. Klingler, Connor A. Purcell, Peter D. Schnore, and Eliana Ruth Velez.

Featured Vendor

Parisian Phoenix Publishing is a Lehigh Valley-based independent book publisher founded in September 2021. They promote unique voices and diverse perspectives. 

Reading Schedule

12:00 PM – Angel Ackerman, introduction to Not an Able-Bodied White Man with Money

12:30 PM – Darrell Parry, “Small and Crooked,” a poem about confidence and physical difference

1:00 PM – Thurston Gill, author of The Phulasso Devotional, discussion of spirituality and personal protection, even when struggling with disability

1:30 PM – Rachel Thompson, excerpt from “We’re all in a Box: Reflections on Embracing One’s True (Queer) Self” and discussion of her experience with mental illness and physical disability after an accident

2:00 PM – Angel Ackerman, Eva Parry and Nancy Scott, “The Nail Polish Story,” three perspectives on an outing with a blind woman.

Local Food Trucks

Cactus Blue Mexican Restaurant
Cone Appetit
The Udder Bar


LVACA is pleased to partner with LANta to provide special LANtaFlex 505 Service to and from Disability Pride Lehigh Valley. 

LANtaFlex 505 will only operate on Saturday July 22 from 11 AM-3 PM.

Riders must call 888-253-8333 to make a reservation for their trip at least one day in advance or 14 days prior to date of travel (the day prior to the date of your trip, or the previous Friday for Monday trips). Our reservation agent will also need to know the address where you will be traveling from and the address to where you will be traveling within the Flex Zone.

Learn more about special DPLV LANtaFlex 505 Service here

Event Map

Find parking, your favorite vendor, and your lunch spot with our maps! Download here!


Blind/low vision folks, please contact Jacqueline C. Schwartz (she/her), our Accessibility Program Manager:  jschwartz@lvaca.org for directions / guides / layout assistance!


Only service animals will be admitted to the event. Thank you in advance for your consideration!