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Should Apple provide discounts for people with disabilities?

Lory Gil of iMore wonders if Apple’s commitment to accessibility should extend to making it easier for people with disabilities to afford Apple gear:

So why doesn’t Apple have a program in place to help out people with disabilities in a financial capacity? Though the income of people with disabilities ranges across all financial classes, there are a number of people that live on very tight budgets. Apple products are practically essential for quality of living for some people, but they have no financial help to get these quality essentials.

In her piece, Lory includes a memo from writer Michael Bettiol that makes the case.

Meanwhile, here’s Steven Aquino from his new perch at Forbes arguing that it’s not that simple:

In a vacuum, offering people with disabilities financial aid is a splendid idea and the right thing to do. Upon further contemplation, however, creating a “disability store” using the existing template isn’t as cut-and-dried as it sounds. In actuality, such a plan opens a can of worms that isn’t easily cleaned up.

Tricky stuff.