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What Does Accessibility Mean to You?

Filed under: Accessibility 100 — by at 3:11 pm on Thursday, January 21, 2010

Another Accessibility 100 postIn launching the 2010 edition of Accessibility 100 – a series of 100 easy-to-implement, free and inexpensive tips for improving accessibility for people with disabilities, I am borrowing a powerful idea from blogger extraordinaire Liz Strauss.

You are invited to share exactly 25 words on:

What does accessibility mean to you?

Why only 25 words? To drill down to the essence of what accessibility truly means.

As Liz explains (with a few minor changes),  “Here’s how you might go about it:

  1. Look for an insight or piece of wisdom about accessibility.
  2. Write a sentence about it.
  3. Count the words you have written.
  4. Edit the sentence until you have 25 words exactly. Notice how your idea changes as you edit and how your feelings change with each rewrite.
  5. Add a picture if you can.
  6. Post your 25 words on your blog (or in the comments below) by January 31st.
  7. Link back to this post or leave a link to your post in the comments section (or both to be sure!).  I don’t want to miss yours when I compile all of them. “

I will compile all of your words into some kind of creative PowerPoint video.

To ensure the project’s richness in perspectives, insights and wisdom, everyone – with or without a disability, impairment or adversity – is welcomed and encouraged to share. Are you in?

Accessibility 100 is a series of 100 easy-to-implement, free and inexpensive tips for improving accessibility for people with disabilities. This is a community project. Feel free to leave your comments, questions and ideas for future Accessibility 100 posts.

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Comment by Ricky Buchanan

January 21, 2010 @ 6:46 pm

Can’t seem to get it down to 25 words but here’s my 26 word effort:

Accessibility means I can be involved, be creative, even be a leader. Accessibility means that instead of a burden I can be an asset to society.

Obviously a PWD perspective! I’d love to see what others come up with 🙂

Comment by Ricky Buchanan

January 21, 2010 @ 6:47 pm

Oops, I totally messed up the formatting there – sorry!

Comment by Todd Jordan

January 21, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

I’m honored to have met you. Not only are you smart and good looking, you are super personable. I know I’m gushing but my heart warms with the memory of sharing lunch with our spouses.

Your updated series is sure to be a hit. Your expertise isn’t dry and boring; you always bring a bit of lightness to the text.


Comment by Glenda

January 21, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

Ricky, very true! Thank you for being a leader by being the first to share your words. I, too, am curious what others come up with.

Comment by Glenda

January 21, 2010 @ 7:36 pm

Todd, thank you for your kind words. It takes a caring and open-minded person to see what you do see.

Hope we can do lunch again in the near future.

Comment by Lori-ann

January 21, 2010 @ 11:43 pm

When considering accessibility I envision a barrier free environment that offers equal opportunity to explore, interact and experience independence for every individual.

Comment by Ricky Buchanan

January 22, 2010 @ 1:49 am

It’s an interesting question – “What does accessibility mean for you” – because there’s (at least) two ways of answering it. You can talk about what accessibility consists of or about what the effect of accessibility is for you. I guess this would be like the difference between saying:

Accessibility means we put ramps and lifts in our new buildings.


Accessibility means I can go into the new buildings in my scooter.

Or a combination of the two. I took the second route because to even begin describe the accessibility things that I need/use would take many more than 25 words! I noticed that Lori-Ann’s was a combination of the two approaches. I’d love to see more!!

Comment by Maggie

January 22, 2010 @ 6:21 am

Accessibility means anyone can visit your store and buy your products, not just people who can climb steps or hear commercials or read signs today.

Comment by Susan R

January 22, 2010 @ 6:57 am

Tried to do a trackback, but it apparently failed… My answer

and to save a click:

“Accessibility is just another facet of human rights, nothing distinctive. Just having all avenues open to everyone no matter their race,religion,status or disability.”

Comment by Keith Hosey

January 22, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

Wow, Susan’s was good, here’s my 25: Accessibility means equality, everyone has an opportunity to participate and be present. It means universal design, which isn’t disability specific, but an ALL inclusive society.

Comment by Steve Grobschmidt

January 22, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

Great idea, Glenda — thanks for the opportunity to participate.

I posted my response on my blog:

In summary, here was my spur of the moment thought:

Accessibility is all about lack of restrictions. It is about opening pathways to all people regardless of any limitations. It is an even playing field.

Comment by MissDazey

January 22, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

I still like one that Glenda said once, “Welcome”.

Comment by Todd Jordan

January 24, 2010 @ 6:17 am

Here’s my 25 words –

Comment by Kim Parsell

January 24, 2010 @ 6:43 am

Here’s my 25 words on accessibility:

Accessibility means a world without barrier or obstacle, whether online or real, so that each person can participate and contribute. It means we all win!

Comment by Glenda

January 24, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

These are awesome insights! Thanks. Please keep them coming, meanwhile I’m thinking how to creatively compile them.

Comment by Phil Gerbyshak

January 24, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

Great topic Glenda! Here’s my thoughts:

Accessibility means everyone who wants to access something can access that something, with no extra effort and with a high level of enjoyment.

Comment by Ricky Buchanan

January 24, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

Here’s my cynical I-have-a-migraine-today perspective, since you already have my positive one:

“Accessibility” means you’ll cater for folk in wheelchairs, probably the blind and perhaps the deaf. You’ll feel warm and fuzzy. Other PWDs will be forgotten.

Cynical-mode Ricky

Comment by Carol Voss

January 25, 2010 @ 10:16 am

Accessibility means people with disabilities going and doing what we want to do, to live life and pursue dreams the same as people without disabilities.

Comment by Amy Gelfand

January 25, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

Cool idea – thanks for getting this started! I am enjoying everyone’s responses. Here is my contribution:

— Amy

Comment by Renée Blank

January 27, 2010 @ 9:02 am

Okay, this is my 25 words. It might be a be a bit kittens and rainbows, but I’m like that sometimes.

Accessibility is a set of attitudes and practices that welcome and affirm all the ways that different minds and bodies strive to live fulfilling lives.

Comment by dani

January 29, 2010 @ 1:28 am

Accessibility means universal access. No matter what your ability, disability, age, device, Internet connection, user-agent. We should have equal rights. It is a human rights.

Comment by Terry Green

January 30, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

Accessibility means we can take my daughter shopping without having to move clothing racks out of the way so her wheelchair fits between the aisles.

Comment by Jacqui

January 30, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

Accessibility means living without having to plan for it.

Comment by Meryl K Evans

January 31, 2010 @ 8:22 am

Accessibility means watching any online or downloadable video because they’re closed-captioned.

Accessibility means everyone can follow through on their wants with no barriers ahead.

Comment by Sheila Scarborough

January 31, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

Not that I’m ridiculously under the wire here, but just posted my 25 words in a post tied to Web accessibility for the travel and tourism industries.

On Sheila’s Guide to the Good Stuff:

Thanks for the opportunity, Glenda!

Comment by Glenda

February 2, 2010 @ 11:43 am

Thank you everyone for your amazing contributions! Your responses to the question have been very insightful. I didn’t expect to have so many. So thank you! My task is to now creatively compile them, likely into an ebook first, then quite possibly into a PowerPoint video. What do you think?

Comment by Graham Armfield

February 12, 2010 @ 4:23 am

I know I’ve missed the deadline by a mile but my contribution would be:

Accessibility is about inclusivity – everyone can come to the party – whoever, however, wherever they are. Why doesn’t everyone want this?

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