Yet and Still, Mere Accessibility is Not Inclusion

To the Tidal Marsh: San Francisco Bay

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It turns up everywhere this linguistic jockeying to overcome the stigma of separate, "special", well-intentioned segregation of PwD from full adult participation in society. A few creative examples:

Turismo para Todos (Spain) = Tourism for All
Ai Hung Hai (China) = I Love Sailing
La Voile Ensemble (France) = Sailing for Everyone

The European trend to speak of design for all and inclusive design keeps a spotlight on the US' failure to rescue Universal Design from the fundamentalism of reducing a design approach to checklists of measurements or specific consumer products by insisting on the participatory nature of good design.

In the end, accessibility is not inclusion - and inclusion is the only end commensurate with the dignity of human beings regardless of their diversity of abilities.
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