Today’s episode is about food accessibility with Shona Louise, a disabled writer and activist from the UK. We talk about what food accessibility means for disabled people’s independence and health. We also discuss criticisms of pre-cut and prepared foods and the proposed plastic straw ban in the UK.
Busby, Mattha. (October 21, 2018). Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned within a year. The Guardian.
Carlson, Steven, Keith-Jennings, Brynne, and Raheem Chaudhry. (June 14, 2017). SNAP Provides Needed Food Assistance to Millions of People with Disabilities. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Consultation on proposals to ban the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, plastic – stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers in England. Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.
Greater Chicago Food Depository. (May 2017). Food Insecurity Among Low-Income Adults with Disabilities in Cook County, Illinois: Realities and Remedies
Hitselberger, Karin. (August 6, 2018). The Big Straw Roundup: Disabled People on the Straw Ban. Claiming Crip blog.
Louise, Shona. (November 19, 2018). The plastic straw ban and how it harms disabled people.
Louise, Shona. (January 11, 2018). Criticisms of prepared packaged food completely ignore the thousands of people in the UK living with a disability. Metro UK.
Sauder, Kim. (May 29, 2018). Vancouver Very Impressed by How People Plan to Adapt to the Straw Ban by Serving Milkshakes in Plastic Bowls with Plastic Spoons. CrippledScholar blog.
Sauder, Kim. (March 14, 2017). Return of the Ableist Narrative: Why do We Keep Having to Demand Food Accessibility. CrippledScholar blog.
Sauder, Kim. (March 4, 2016). When Accessibility gets Labeled Wasteful. CrippledScholar blog.
smith, s.e. (July 10, 2018). Valuable Resources: The Ableist Fight Over Plastic Straws. BitchMedia.
Wong, Alice. (July 19, 2018). The Last Straw. Eater.
Shona Louise is a blogger, writer, disability activist, volunteer and more. She started her blog over 6 years ago and has since gone on to talk about and raise awareness of disability rights issues, accessibility and ableism. She’s featured on national UK TV, worked with The Guardian and written for Metro over the past year, in her efforts to educate people and bring about change.
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Geraldine Ah-Sue, Audio Producer
Alice Wong, Writer, Producer, Interviewer
Cheryl Green, Text Transcript
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
Song: “Dance Off”
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp