As a knowledge translation student I'm profoundly disheartened by the #StrawBan movement. We have organizations, institutions, politicians who purport to care about evidence & public consultation perpetuating a policy that disabled people have repeatedly says hurts them…
If we're not able to institute inclusive, evidence-informed policies for something so basic, what chance to we have for progress on more complex health issues?

People with disabilities have been having to do so much (free) education, over and over and over.
I've been to… 4? conferences in the past year about moving evidence into policy, doing community-based, patient-centred research. I should have a toolkit FULL of strategies to persuade folks that the #StrawBan is bad policy. But I'm at a loss. What should we (I) do differently?
OK, here's the LEAST I can do: take some of the labour off of people with disabilities. If you, a follower, still don't understand why outright bans of single-use plastic straws are harmful, please get in touch, and I will do my best to persuade.
*said. Goddammit.

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