Applying Ted Lasso’s wisdom to our work on Accessibility

I woke up with this thought today. What if I invited Ted Lasso to a conversation on the state of web accessibility?

But first, I have a confession to make. I don’t watch tv but my husband Sanjay Kini insisted I watch this show about this character he thought I would absolutely love! He was so right! I have only watched a few episodes but I feel like Coach Lasso is a real person with a keen sense of reality that we can all learn from. Here goes.

Ted — “I think one of the neatest things about being a coach is the connection you get to make with your players. That’s a loss that hits me a lot harder and is gonna stay with me a lot longer than anything that happens while playing a game on a patch of grass.” #connectionmatters

Me — Spot on, Ted. What matters more than anything when it comes to accessibility is the connection you make with your customers, especially the ones with a disability. Compliance with standards is irrelevant, understand & meet the needs of your customers instead.

Ted — “Guys have underestimated me my entire life. And for years, I never understood why. It used to really bother me. But then one day, I was driving my little boy to school, and I saw this quote by Walt Whitman, and it was painted on the wall there. It said, ‘Be curious, not judgmental.’ I like that.” #BeCurious

Me — Yes, me too. This is so fundamental yet widely underestimated. It all starts and ends with being curious! We have underestimated PWDs and we need to change that. That’s all we really need to do. Be curious.

Ted — “I think that you might be so sure that you’re one in a million, that sometimes you forget that out there, you’re just 1 of 11. And if you just figure out someway to turn that ‘me’ into ‘us’…the sky’s the limit for you.” #meIntoUs

Me — Really great advice! Accessibility is about “us”.

Ted — “For me, success is not about the wins and losses. It’s about helping these young fellas be the best versions of themselves on and off the field.” #bethebestyoucanbe

Me — This is awesome! We really need to focus enabling this.

Ted — “You say impossible, but all I hear is ‘I’m possible.’” #IAmPossible

Me — I hear you! Accessibility and an inclusive world is not an impossible dream! We all need to believe ‘I’m possible”

Ted — “I think that if you care about someone and you got a little love in your heart, there ain’t nothing you can’t get through together.” #loveisallyouneed

me — You are so right, Coach! It all boils down to love. When you love, you include everyone. That’s what our work is all about. Accessibility benefits everyone. Do it for the love!

Thank you Coach Ted Lasso for sharing your wisdom with us!

Ted — “So I’ve been hearing this phrase y’all got over here that I ain’t too crazy about. ‘It’s the hope that kills you.’ Y’all know that? I disagree, you know? I think it’s the lack of hope that comes and gets you. See, I believe in hope. I believe in belief.” #Believe

#BeAnAlly
#Lasso4A11Y
#TheAccidentalAlly

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