Disability as a means of innovation


Assignment #4:

10 points

For this assignment, investigate the following topic: The Straw Ban

There is great debate around the subject of straws and their impact on the environment. Within this debate have emerged unique perspectives of people in the disability community. 

Required Format

● Responses must be in paragraph format underneath respective question or section.

● 1” margins

● 12-point font

● Double-spaced

● 2-page minimum

Required Content 

Introduction – 1 point

A paragraph giving an overview of what you have researched and plan on presenting in your paper.


3 References & Summaries – 6 points

Write a paragraph summarizing each reference (3 paragraphs total) and the main points or arguments made with reference. Include the website link to the readings, blogs, and/or online videos you utilized in your inquiry. 

Class Connections – 1 point

In 1-2 paragraphs, make the connection between 2 of the following fundamental areas and how they relate to this topic: 

● Ableism

● Social Model of Disability

● Accessibility 

● Accommodations

● Assistive technology

● Inspiration porn

● Disability rights

● Respectful language

● Intersectionality

Reflection – 1 point
In 1-2 paragraphs reflect on the following prompts: 

● I used to think that… 

● Why did you think that?  

● Now I think that… 

● Why do you think that now? 

● What changed in your thinking?  

Closing – 1 point

In 1 paragraph, explain how disability is a tool or a means of innovation? How has the straw ban debate evolved toward new possibilities as a result of disability representation? Or how has it not evolved toward new possibilities? Explain.

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