Posted in Key Text, Reading Response

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)?

Posted in Disability in the World, Videos

Accessible Amusement and Water Park

I learned about this new water park sometime last year. I just remembered it today and wanted to share a video and a link to the website. Morgan’s wonderland is an accessible amusement park. The water park, Inspiration Island, (not sure what to think about that name) opens this spring.

Posted in Homework, Reminder, Resource

Week 6 Homework

Please remember to post reading response comments tonight by 5:00 pm!

For Tuesday, February 14th

  • Read Marshak et al, “Exploring Barriers to College Student Use of Disability Services and Accommodations” (GD).
  • Read first part of chapter 7, “Writing about the Community” WCA pp 273-78
  • Optional: Review sample annotations

Reminder- I will be bringing cookies today. I’ve already asked in class, but I want to double-check. If you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions, please let me know.

For Thursday, February 16th

Work/research day. You should spend this day visiting your locations, conducting library research, or working on your drafts. You might also consider scheduling a Writing Lab appointment. All three group members may attend, or just one person.

Posted in Key Text, Reading Response

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.

Posted in Announcement, Follow Up, major assignment

Proposal Feedback

My apologies for not getting comments to you yesterday as I said I was. I was unwell this weekend. I have read through all of the proposals and made comments and suggestions for your accessibility explorations. If you have not done so already, I strongly suggest you look at the materials I provided in the resources folder on Google drive, especially if you are looking at older buildings. If you have trouble finding sources, let me know. Last semester, students were able to find news articles, blueprints, and other materials on local buildings. Talking directly to employees or building manager people is also permitted.

Posted in Homework, Key Text, Reminder

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.

Posted in Homework, Reminder

Week 4 Homework

For Tuesday, January 31st

Read Andrade & Ely, “Assessment Method of Accessibility Conditions” (GD)

Select buildings for AE project and begin working on proposal.


For Thursday, February 2nd

Read Pam Newall, “Building Regs Won’t Solve Accessibility Issues on Their Own” (GD)

Finish your proposal. Submit online to appropriate folder (one per group). Bring a hard copy to turn in (one per group).


Remember, our community partner from the DRC will be visiting us at the beginning of class Thursday, so please make sure to attend and be on time.