By the time my late 40's showed up I seemed to become resigned to the facts and took on an attitude of adventure. I began to appreciate (or imagine) that my years of spinning the wheel of decades was simply a nod towards my gained wisdom. My sage-ness. My experience. My total shock-and-awe that I'd changed yet another age-bracket on surveys and applications.
Whether we're spinning the age wheel for the jackpot, or whether we're two clicks away from being signed up for the latest app, it is well worth looking at the last decade in review as we forge our way into a new one, both young and old(er) -- the 2010's are gone like Friends leaving Netflix. An era, or at least a mini-one, has concluded. Thankfully we have seen the disability community take strides towards inclusion we had only once dreamed of. Here's a look at how the last decade shaped up for people with disabilities:
|Disability Pride NYC|
|Tyrion Lannister: GOT|
The most recent of these steps towards visual inclusion have all occurred primarily within the last three years. These are exciting times!
|Robyn "T-Rex" Lambird for Target|
The point is, each time I spin The Wheel of Fortune on my online profiles, or change age brackets on surveys and applications...I truly understand and remember with great clarity how little understanding or visibility women (or anyone) with disabilities had back when I only had to do a couple mouse clicks.
Times have changed for the better. And it is up to us to make sure they continue to do so. Much like the experiences of The Suffragettes gave way to women not having to think twice about their privilege to vote....wear the badge of honor proudly that you have lived to see these changes create a world where the next generation will not blink an eye at accessing inclusive education, or seeing themselves in ads, on stage, or in film.
Cheers, mobileWOMEN! Cheers to you for where you have come from, where you are, and most certainly where you're going!
Welcome to the 2020's! Our next article will feature Abbi Brown of Step Change Studios!