ENVIRONMENT | As the movement to ban plastic straws in order to protect animals and the environment has gained more supporters this year, people living with disabilities who need plastic straws say this ban will cause them harm. (WAMU, 7/11)
There are many alternatives to plastic straws — paper, biodegradable plastics and even reusable straws made from metal or silicone. But paper straws and similar biodegradable options often fall apart too quickly or are easy for people with limited jaw control to bite through. Silicone straws are often not flexible — one of the most important features for people with mobility challenges. Reusable straws need to be washed, which not all people with disabilities can do easily. And metal straws, which conduct heat and cold in addition to being hard and inflexible, can pose a safety risk.
“Disabled people have to find ways to navigate through the world because they know it was not made for us,” says Lei Wiley-Mydske, an autism activist who has autism herself. “If someone says, ‘This does not work for me,’ it’s because they’ve tried everything else.”
NONPROFITS | Sean Herpolsheimer, WRAG’s 2018 Summer Fellow, recaps the second session of WRAG’s Nonprofit Summer Learning Series and shares how nonprofits can enact innovative systems change and what motivates funders to partner with nonprofits. (Daily, 7/19)
Related: Join us for the August 8th session of the Nonprofit Summer Learning Series on philanthropy’s interest in racial equity and what it means for the nonprofit community. Register here!
CHILDREN & YOUTH |Opinion: The ‘War on Poverty’ Isn’t Over, and Kids Are Losing (Citylab, 7/18)
PUBLIC SAFETY | At a recent hearing, residents in the District’s Deanwood neighborhood discuss the police harassment and violence they endure and ask the DC Council for concrete solutions. (WCP, 7/19)
EDUCATION | A Virginia school board has voted to allow teachers to carry concealed weapons. (WaPo, 7/18)
BUSINESS | ‘Amazon Doesn’t Need The Money’: In The D.C. Region, Resistance Is Growing To Tax Breaks For HQ2 (WAMU, 7/19)
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