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Are Plastic Straw Bans a Disability Access Issue?

Our world is in danger. Plastic trash and debris are piling up in our landfills and oceans, killing wildlife and introducing chemicals into the environment. Businesses and local governments are responding to this threat to our future by issuing hardline bans to stop this pollution. However, are they neglecting the needs of people with disabilities at the same time? Do People with Disabilities Need Straws? McDonald’s has banned single-use plastic straws in its British and Irish stores. Starbucks may follow the fast food chain’s example and ban these items at its stores too. The City of Seattle has banned plastic straws and utensils from its city, and now D.C. is looking to do the same thing. These measures are meant to help save the environment, but are they actually endangering people with disabilities? For some people with disabilities, straws have become a staple of everyday life. For people who have…
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