Many disability advocates, including Jan Gru in his excellent Guardian piece (Read the article  here ), paint a stark picture of living with a disability and accessibility today. While progress towards inclusivity has been made, challenges remain. One major hurdle? The invisible burden is placed on disabled individuals every day. From wrestling with inaccessible doors to navigating unfriendly buildings and enduring discriminatory attitudes, these obstacles chip away at the very fabric of daily life.

A screenshot of the article showing a person in a wheelchair at the bottom of some stairs. Accessibility
A screenshot of the article showing a person in a wheelchair at the bottom of some stairs

The Pandemic’s Impact:

The pandemic exacerbated these struggles for many. Not only were disabled individuals more susceptible to the virus itself, but their rights were sometimes sacrificed in the name of public safety. Denied access to essential services or even facing forced institutionalization, they bore the brunt of misguided policies.

Accessibility: Beyond Ramps and Elevators:

Accessibility demands more than just ramps and elevators; it’s about equal opportunities. Disabled individuals deserve the same access to education, employment, and housing as anyone else. Creating this level playing field requires a multi-pronged approach:

1. Education: Dispelling misconceptions about disability is crucial. Only through understanding can we dismantle barriers and foster a more empathetic society.

2. Enforce Existing Laws: We already have legal frameworks protecting the rights of disabled individuals. But they’re only as effective as their enforcement. Holding perpetrators of discrimination accountable is essential.

3. Invest in Accessible Infrastructure: Building ramps, installing elevators, and ensuring transportation accessibility are foundational steps towards inclusivity.

4. Support Disabled-Led Organizations: These groups championing change deserve our full support. We can empower them by providing resources and amplifying their voices.


Living with a disability shouldn’t be an impediment to fulfillment. By collaborating and amplifying the voices of those navigating these barriers, we can build a world where accessibility is not an aspiration, but a reality.

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