It may bring #accessibility issues into clearer focus if we call "inaccessible" what it really is: Disabling.

People tend to think a disability means not being able to see, hear, walk etc., and sure, physical or mental conditions are disabling in some or many situations. And you know what? We can CHANGE situations.

@ljwrites this blew my mind when I read about it from a design perspective. "Disability" is not a binary state but a mismatch between a person and the thing they are interacting with.


@Argus @ljwrites
I heard an example about this using stairs that really stuck with me.

There’s no physical reason we don’t build stairs such that each step is 1 meter high. That would still count as stairs, and you could climb them and get to buildings if you were athletic enough. They would just be less useful to most people.

The built environment is just that, built. It’s not that disabled people are “disabled” inherently, but that the environment around them wasn’t built to be useful for them the way that most stairs are built of such a height that ambulatory people find them useful.

This is a great insight, but just a note of caution about this conception of "disability". I experience frequent states of anxiety and depression, sometimes crippling enough to disable me, in the sense of removing my ability to cope with day-to-day life. None of this, as far as I can tell, is caused by the design of the built environment. It's not my fault, but it is my problem.

@Argus @ljwrites

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