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Reading Response 3: Marshak et al.

As usual, your response should be posted by Thursday at 12:00 pm. Comments due Friday by 5:00 pm. Write a 50-100 word summary, and then a 100-150 word response. The entire post should be 200-250 words in total.


Marshak et al. provide insight from college students about their decisions to use or not use disability services, as well as challenges with using the services. What example(s) stood out most to you from the article and why? How might some of these examples be helpful for thinking through some of the more abstract concepts we’ve discussed so far such as microagressions, accessibility, medical and/vs social model, and various disability myths? Do any of the examples speak to or shed light on our previous discussions? Or, are any of the examples helpful for thinking about your current or future project (individual researched argument paper- free choice topic)?

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Reading Response 2: Miserando, “Spoon Theory”


Your reading response is due by 12:00 pm Thursday, February 9th. Post your summary, 50-100 words. The second part of your response should be a revised version of your in-class free-write from Tuesday. The prompt from the free write is posted below as a reminder.

Please do not simply paste in your free write from class. I expect you to 1) clean up your writing and 2) have a clear focus and thoughtfulness to your response. Your initial writing may be rambling and repetitive, which is fine. That is not acceptable for this post.

Remember to comment on at least two (2) classmates’ posts by Friday at 5:00pm.

As an additional reminder, if you have not done so already, please change the settings for your comments so that they do not require moderation before being displayed, unless you prefer to approve all comments on your post (comment spam is unlikely, but possible). You can do this under “settings-discussion.” You may also wish to hide your site from search engines, which you can also do under settings.

Prompt from class:

So far, we’ve been thinking about accessibility for disabilities as they are commonly understood, and we have expanded this to consider other populations such as the elderly, people with strollers, and those with temporary disabilities. Imagine accessibility and design for someone such as Miserando. What barriers may exist in your specific selected buildings or in general? What needs may chronically ill people have that you and/or your group have not considered yet? You do not have to be super specific, as you likely have not researched this, but use  Miserando’s account of her daily life, and other knowledge you may have (if any), as a starting point. If you are at a loss for what barriers may exist, use this free write as a time to pose questions about accessibility and accommodations for chronic illness. You may also make connections to the Andrade & Ely reading on accessibility and spatial orientation.

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Week 5 Homework

As I announced  in class yesterday, I am making some changes to homework for the next couple of weeks. We will be reading the Miserando piece first, and the Marshak et al. during week 6.

For Tuesday, February 7th

Read Miserando “Spoon Theory” from But You Don’t Look Sick (PDF available in GD).

Continue researching and working on your projects.


For Thursday, February 9th

Read pp 361-367 in the “Writing Reports and Proposals”

Complete second reading response by 12:00 pm.

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Reading Response 1: Dolmage, “Disability Myths”

Post your response to the Dolmage chapter on your personal blog (we will take some time to set these up in class Tuesday).

Remember, your reading response should include a brief summary of the text’s thesis/ key point(s) as you understand it (50-100 words) and a response to the prompt (100-200 words). Response should be a total of 250-300 words.

Prompt (you do not have to address every question in your response):

What is your overall response to Dolmage’s review of disability myths? Do you think these myths are still prevalent in 2017, or have representations improved? Which myths stick out to you from films, books, tv shows, or other forms of media you’ve seen or read? Do you disagree with any of Dolmage’s points? (It is okay to disagree!)

Responses are due Thursday, January 19th by 5:00pm (extended from 12:00 noon). Comments due Friday, January 20th by 5:00pm.