I swore I wasn’t going to write about straws. I’ve read so many opinion pieces and news articles about the various bans popping up all over the west coast that I’ve even lost the desire to make jokes about how much they suck or how their supporters are relying on a straw man argument.
Following the story has been nothing short of surreal. In Washington, D.C., the government is dismantling our healthcare system and stripping away the protections we, people with disabilities, rely on. Two weeks ago, the woman President Trump appointed to oversee community living for the Department of Health and Human Services publicly said she favored “segregation” of people with disabilities.
Let that sink in.
The person who is supposed to be working to better integrate people with disabilities said she wants to separate us from our communities.
And we’re fighting about straws?
Drawing a parallel between the straw bans and institutionalizing people with disabilities might seem heavy-handed, but the two policies share more than a fundamental disregard for our community. They are both evidence of how many of our legislators have seemingly forgotten, or abandoned, common sense.
If more legislators still had their common sense, a bill like the Disability Integration Act wouldn’t be languishing in the halls of Congress. First introduced in 2015, the bill would ensure that people with disabilities have the right to live and receive the services they need at home, instead of in a nursing facility or institution. It makes sense from a financial perspective. It m