Warren Loorham - What an accessible future looks like to me

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Inclusion is a change of mind, change of vision, a change of adapting, a change that is long overdue.

An accessible future has to be inclusive.

I have thought about inclusion and what that means, and what I came up with is this painting.

I've thought about the topic and I've been thinking a lot about inclusion. For me, you cannot have an accessible future without inclusion.

'Inclusion' is a word thrown out by lots of people and organisations. Its true meaning I think is missing from those organisations. Inclusion should be more than just a part of that one-line, throwaway statement.

Inclusion is a change of mind, change of vision, a change of adapting, a change which is long overdue.

An accessible future would be an inclusive society that values and respects all members of the society, regardless of their perceived differences.

It's easy to say, but it's hard to do.

I have researched quite a bit about inclusion and inclusion statements. Most are lacking.

Those few that are out there are not really about the whole of society – they are just about little pockets in their area.

Inclusion needs to be more than just pockets, and needs to be more than just the groups directly disadvantaged.

Inclusion and accessible futures are based on the same thing: inclusion becoming a way of life.

It’s the first thought, the last thought, and every thought in between. It is for everyone, and it is for everything.

Paying lip service to inclusion is a recipe for disaster, for without a truly inclusive society, any efforts for an accessible future would just fall on closed minds. Inclusion needs to be ingrained throughout society, from the youngest to the eldest.

Having inclusion of the bedrock of society will enable an accessible future to happen. Society is not accessible at the moment for many, many people, and that is due to the fact that inclusion is not the first thought.

Having inclusion as the first thought, it is reasonable to expect an accessible future. By adopting this mindset, by placing inclusion first, you can see how inclusion is what is needed for an accessible future.

An accessible future is unattainable until universal inclusion is the ultimate goal of society.

Without inclusive practices and inclusive mindsets, and having it as the first and last thought of every activity, the future will not be accessible.

This painting, to me, sums up my thoughts on inclusion.

Everyone is represented. It is all colours, creeds, and religions. It is all genders, it is all sexualities and it is all abilities.

It is about everything! It is about everyone. It is what an accessible future could be.