If you visited this site before 2020, you probably noticed major changes and want to find out what’s happening. Let us start by welcoming you and assuring those of you that are in search of the old content that they still have a place here and now. Our articles might include more categories of people than the previous administration, but we haven’t taken our eyes off the final goal: the search for equality.
A few years ago, you could enter a filmmaking competition on the weareequals.org site. It had rules, a nice prize, and an educational purpose—to start a debate on the issue of sexism. What captured our attention was the line that was supposed to be at the end of your short video: “So are we equal? Until the answer is yes, keep asking the question.”
We thought about it. Are we equals? Well, we’re all human, so we should be. We’re made out of the same cloth. But are we treated equally?
People with disabilities would say ‘no,’ because the most common things become a chore when they can’t go to the bathroom or climb the stairs when they have to fill in a form or carry something when they can’t tell the difference between various bills or see the lights changing to red when they can’t hear somebody calling their name at a coffee shop or a doctor’s office, or another thousand such things, smaller or bigger.
And that’s just accessibility, just a facet of what they have to deal with. There’s also how other people treat them: the harassment, the pity, the discrimination. But those aren’t the only people to say ‘no.’ Every minority is treated as being ‘other,’ as if not being exactly like the mean signifies they don’t deserve or do the same things as the rest, that they are out of the circle of what normality is.
It’s true, in a way, when you are different, you have different needs, you adapt differently, and you navigate your world differently. But ‘different’ is not a dirty word, it’s just that way things are.
People want the same things at the end of the day, the most important of which is to be happy.So are we treated equally? No. We can’t be, not when some of us are going to such hardships every day.
Take for example lefties. At about 10-12% of the population, left-handed people are the most accepted minority there is. Everyone is a leftie, has a leftie in the family or among their friends, or has heard of a leftie.
Maybe you don’t even realize it but you have. You probably know of, at least, one person on this list: Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey or Marie Curie.
These are just a few famous left-handed people. In a very large majority of countries being left-handed isn’t illegal, there’s little to no hate crime against them, their access doesn’t depend on their left-handedness, and most people don’t discriminate against them. In fact, most right-handed people don’t even notice.
However, there are people, who try from an early age and with the best intentions, to persuade, manipulate, or simply make lefties write right-handed or use their right hand more.
How do they justify it? It’ll be easier for the child. And they’re right. Not about changing them, that’s a conversation for another time, but about life being more manageable for a right-handed person.
Desks, stationary, cooking utensils and gadgets, driving, crocheting, computer mouse devices, keyboards, and their number pads, swiping credit cards, and so many other things are, in the best-case scenario, nuisances to be navigated with a sigh or an eye roll.
But advances are being made: fast-dry ink, number pads that aren’t part of the keyboard and can be placed on the left side, crochet patterns and video tutorials made specifically for lefties, and left-handed computer mouse devices.The problem is that if you don’t happen to hear about it, you can’t know. What’s more, if you did hear about it, then, chances are, it’s not properly explained.
To realize that the devices exist and to comprehend what they’re about is a whole different thing. You have access to them, maybe, but you’re left without a clue when it comes to the details or buying them for yourself.
That’s where we come in. In a variety of topics, we offer a short guide, including easily-understood information that we found relevant, recommendations as to what, in our opinion, are the best products, and frequently asked questions about the subject matter and closely related issues.
Shorter or longer, our articles are organized clearly so you can find exactly what you need, quickly and painlessly. We pledge to try to include the newest and most diverse devices and gadgets built to make your life easier.
It’s tough out there; it’s even tougher if you’re even slightly different. The world is built by statistical averages and isn’t very accommodating for anything else.
We can’t change that, but that doesn’t mean we get to give up. If we do what we can, and you do what you can, and together we manage to persuade others to do what they can the world becomes more accessible.
That means we’re a step closer to being treated equally too. And it’s working. Every day new designs appear for old technology, technology gets adapted to other purposes, and new technology gets invented. That’s a reality, it’s happening right now.
So yes, we welcome all categories of people that are a minority or have been prejudiced against. We’re also here for family and friends, for caretakers, or people who might themselves apply something the topic is about to different areas that make life easier.
That’s how we grow. We will try to get something up about what you need because we believe that slow and steady wins the race, but people have got to find out about what’s out there, about the progress made in slow increments.
You have the right to be informed. And that’s what we’ll do because we trust that we are equals.