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Disability is not inability

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It's a simple yet profound statement that carries immense weight in reshaping our perceptions and attitudes towards individuals with disabilities.

The medical model of disability has branded people with disabilities as people in need to be "cured" or "fixed." People have disabilities and therefore are unable to participate in society due to their impairments. Disability becomes an inability.

The truth is, disability doesn't define a person's potential or limit their capacity to contribute meaningfully to society. Every individual, regardless of their abilities, possesses unique talents, skills, and perspectives that enrich our communities and workplaces.

In recent years, we've witnessed a growing movement towards creating a more inclusive society that values and respects the rights of individuals with disabilities. Laws and regulations have played a big role in promoting equal access and opportunities for people with disabilities.

But legal compliance isn't enough. We need to work together to ensure accessible infrastructure, accommodating diverse needs, and fostering a supportive environment where everyone feels valued and empowered to succeed. And the only way to do this is to remove barriers - physical and social - that prevent individuals with disabilities from fully participating in all aspects of life.

When we begin to create inclusive environments, opportunities will spring up that can help people with disabilities not only lead fulfilling and independent lives, but thrive in doing so.

We all have unique abilities that can contribute significantly to society, and people with disabilities are no exception. They bring unique voices and perspectives to every conversation.

Web accessibility serves as an embodiment of the principle that disability is not inability. By ensuring that websites are designed and developed with accessibility in mind, we break down the barriers that may otherwise hinder people with disabilities from fully engaging with our content and services.

Through a proactive approach, we acknowledge the diverse needs and capabilities of users and stand by their right to access information, communicate and participate in online activities on equal terms.

By integrating web accessibility practices into our development processes, not only do we promote social equity but we also amplify the impact of the broader movement towards recognising and valuing the talents and contributions of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of life.

We would do well to shift our focus from disability to ability and potential.

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