Everyone deserves access to the same opportunities, regardless of disability. This is accessibility for all, a principle that should be adhered to in all aspects of life. From businesses and governments to hospitals and schools, eliminating barriers for people with disabilities is key to ensuring that everyone has an equal chance at success.
There’s a direct frankness to the way 6-year-olds see the world that would be easy to mistake for rudeness. But Daija Coleman knows better. On the first day of her first year as a first-grade teacher, Coleman knew her Jardine Elementary School students would be curious. Why was she in a wheelchair? Because her legs don’t work quite like theirs. Why did they always have to take the big ramp connecting the school’s first and second floors? Same reason.