A: First, I acknowledged my ignorance as I became aware of the accessible needs for my son. Raghav needs accessible ramps everywhere he goes; so now, when I look at houses that have a million steps, I ask, “why isn’t there a ramp nearby?” That’s just one example, but there are more things I encounter every day that aren’t accessible or inclusive.
Once I got through that initial phase, I started wondering how I could change things instead of just complaining. Being a product designer, starting with digital technologies was an obvious place to start, but I also do a lot of advocacy. One of my goals is to make people comfortable with disability. Every person is going to experience disability at some point in their life, be it permanent, temporary, or situational. Some disabilities are visible, some are not. We have to accept, embrace, and include it as a part of our lives. I believe this is the first step towards change.