Looking at two terms that are easily mixed up, Aaron Gustafson differentiates “Equality” (same access and opportunity for all) from “Equity” (various levels of support based on the understanding that everybody is different), highlighting their difference through an easy-to-understand analogy.
In summary, the article highlights why, as (inclusive) designers, we should first and foremost be concerned with equity:
People are complex, as are our circumstances. Nothing is cut and dry and we need to build systems that are able to adapt to provide the right level of support in the right circumstances. That’s what equity is about and why it’s so powerful. It’s also why I’ve found so much alignment between it and my long-time passion for accessibility and progressive enhancement. Equity benefits everyone.