by Stuart Rudner
Originally published: May 24, 2016
I saw a graphic on Facebook feed and thought it provided an excellent demonstration of the difference between treating people equally and providing them with equality. I also thought it confirmed how the need for accommodation can address the symptom, or the cause.
In the first image, three people of varying heights are standing on blocks of the same height looking over a fence to watch a sports game, so the smallest person is at a disadvantage as he cannot see the game — but they are being treated equally.
The second image shows the same three people but they are standing on different-sized blocks that make them all the same height, and able to see the game — they are being treated equitably. The third image shows the fence removed, so all three can easily see the game — the systemic barrier has been removed.