Access friction, as termed by J. Logan Smilges ↗, formerly known here as “contrasting access needs”, and also known elsewhere as competing access needs and conflicting access needs, are a very real part of life.
It is impossible to make everything in life accessible for everyone all at once because there will likely always be some needs that interfere with other needs. However, this is not a legitimate reason to avoid providing access, nor is it acceptable to discriminate due to access friction.
We must creatively work together to find ways for everyone to have equitable and just access.
Access Justice Framework Table of Contents
What are the The 10 Principles of the Access Justice Framework?
- Access is for everyone.
- Providing access is not about tokenization or virtue signaling; it is about equity.
- Access needs to be the default, not an add on. It is a right, not a privilege. It is not a special need.
- Access friction is real and is not a reason to avoid providing access, nor to discriminate.
- Access is about more than accommodating and assisting: it is about adapting the world to fit everyone.
- Barriers to access come from systemic oppression such as ableism, not from disability.
- Access is about inclusion of us – Nothing About Us Without Us – in leadership, governing, and decision-making.
- Time, money, energy, and safety are all access issues.
- Access, when equitable, is a form of justice.
- As the world changes, so do access needs. Access adapts.
Learn more via Access is for Everyone with the Access Justice Framework.
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