No, you are not entitled to pick my brain for free

I am under zero obligation to provide you a “teachable moment”

Plastic model of a brain and nerves
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  • a “skip to content” link (known as a “bypass block”) to not have to press the tab key 57 times to get to the center of a page.
  • The lack of a keyboard focus indicator is currently a Level AA defect (less serious, but still a very basic violation). However, the keyboard focus indicator guideline is proposed to move to Level A in less than five months.

“If there is something needs fixing let us know”

One thing that I keep hearing over and over from Black people as one small piece of fallout from the George Floyd incident is how effing sick and tired they are of white people coming to them and saying “teach me.” There are few Black employees and many white ones in an organization. The Black employees are overwhelmed, and they are starting to respond en masse — “There are plenty of books out there. Google is free. I’m tired. Go teach yourself.”

  • I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t disabled.
  • Being disabled is part of my identity.
  • I can’t wake up in the morning and decide I’m not going to be disabled.
  • I am continually surrounded by people unlike me who don’t understand my lived experience.
  • People continuously make assumptions about what I can do based entirely on stereotypes associated with being disabled.
  • The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is drastically higher than for people without disabilities because of those stereotypes.
  • Many “disability initiatives” make decisions about what is best for people with disabilities without actually INVOLVING people with disabilities.

Blogger, disability advocate, nerd. Bringing the fire on ableism. A11y Architect @ VMware. Wheelchair user w/ a deaf daughter. CS, Law, and Business background

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