Kate has lived with chronic illness since her childhood and understands the difficulty of feeling unwell and having to justify her sickness to others. In 2016 she was introduced to the term episodic disability and felt like finally, finally there is a term for her to claim without having to tell all the details of her symptoms and illness. While at a community support group, one of her friends expressed her frustration with riding the TTC as a young woman with an episodic disability. Kate jokingly offered to make her a button that said "My disability is Invisible" in order to combat disbelieving looks and the assumptions.
Kate made the first hand written button at work and gave it to her friend. Her friend was touched, saying that it was exactly what she needed to change her experiences navigating the transit system plus it gave her confidence. Kate brought Orvis on as a designer to create the original button designs. Equity Buttons was launched in April 2017.
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