What If Accessibility Was Also Inclusive?
It’s hard to articulate what it feels like to spend a lifetime being told that you are not allowed. Not always in so many words, but in gestures, in spaces, in thoughtlessness.
If we give it to youeveryone will be wanting one
Why isn’t this thing that someone who isn’t you found perfectly acceptable enough? We spent all this money on it.
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