Accessibility 2.0: Nothing About Us, Without Us

Ather Sharif
8 min readSep 27, 2021
Image portraying various individuals with varying disabilities, including people using a walker, stroller, wheelchair, cane, and service dog. Folks without any equipment are also shown, implying invisible disabilities.

“Accessibility” is like Bianca Del Rio from RuPaul’s Drag Race. It’s just so sexy that everyone wants to talk about it, showcase their interest, and (likely) make up stories of how much they know it — without actually knowing much about it.

From industry professionals to academic researchers to college students to diversity-for-the-sake-of-diversity enthusiasts, the word…

Ather Sharif

PhD student @uwcse Accessibility, Visualization, Personalization | SWE Lead @comcast | Founder @evoxlabs | React developer | 🐱 dad | 🍩 eater | 🦅 🔔 #philly ❤