A new DIY movement for transit riders has buttons speaking on behalf of invisible disabilities.
Equity Buttons were created by two Torontonians for those who ride transit with episodic disability, chronic illness or invisible disability.
— Kate Welsh (@queer_kate) April 10, 2017
“This button is a quick DIY way for you to ask for what you need without having to disclose diagnosis,” states the Equity Buttons website.
The site describes episodic disabilities as long-term conditions that are characterized by periods of good health interrupted by periods of illness or disability. While these periods may vary in severity, length and predictability from one person to another, the website sites HIV, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and MS as some examples.
Since price can be a barrier, Equity Buttons are priced on a sliding scale from $1-5. All proceeds are re-invested into making more buttons.
Buttons are available online and at Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church Street) and Six Degrees Health (2nd Floor, 204 Spadina Avenue.)