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The Goal: Accessibility for Inclusion?

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ”

―Alvin Toffler

Today I had to unlearn to learn.

Technology companies are increasingly aware of the need to make their products accessible to those with disabilities.   There are accessibility groups or teams charged with this mandate all over Silicon Valley.  I will be speaking to one such group at Facebook in October.  I began preparing for this talk today when one question upended my thinking.  

Should the goal be accessibility or inclusion?  I have written about the dream of inclusion and upon rereading have concluded the goal is inclusion.  

Accessibility is the means.  Inclusion is the goal.

Today I had to unlearn to learn.  Now it is time to relearn.  This means answering a question.  

What does it mean to see accessibility through the lens of inclusion?