Designing with access as your starting point

I certainly think something much more upbeat and positive is in order today, and this fascinating article fits the bill nicely. In it, Srinidhi Raghavan argues that simply viewing access issues as a matter for those with impairments limits our perspective. Better access to things like buildings can benefit everyone, not just disabled people. ”If we began to see access in society as a starting point to build from, it would benefit not just disabled folks but so many of us, both on the margins and at the centre. For instance, though ramps are meant to ease movement for wheelchair users and others, I know that dragging my suitcase through a ramp is much easier for me than carrying it up a flight of stairs.” I think that is a very good point indeed; one which, if acted upon, could make the world generally much more accommodating for everyone.

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