For this Assignment, you will use technology and the writing skills you have learned thus far to transform your Unit 8 argument into a digital media presentation appropriate for sharing outside of the classroom environment.
Develop a slide presentation that is designed to have a strong impact on the audience by revising the draft you shared in this week’s Discussion. Your digital media presentation is not necessarily testing your design skills, though you should certainly try to practice the design suggestions provided in the WC resources. More importantly, you are practicing your composition skills by applying persuasive strategies in a new context with visual media. You will demonstrate visual rhetoric skills by combining text and images to compel your audience to recognize the importance of your argument for change.
The digital media presentation should have the following characteristics:
A clear argument for change in your community (the one you have been writing about throughout the course)
Designed with a specific audience in mind in order to motivate your viewers to take action or change how they think about the topic 
Slide presentation (contact your instructor for prior approval if you have a different idea for your digital media presentation)
Contains at least 8–10 slides (slide presentation, not including the title and references slide
Research from at least four reliable sources to support the main message, including graphics. These can be sources from previous units.
Minimally, two information-oriented visuals like a chart, diagram, or infographic (e.g., photo, table, diagram, chart, etc.) to represent key information in your argument.
Relevant clip art, stock photos, and design templates that are visually engaging and reinforce the overall theme of the presentation.
Research and visuals are cited in APA citation format, both in-text and on a References slide or in a separate Word document. You need to quote material taken directly from a source. The same standards for documenting sources apply to a presentation that apply to an essay.
Note: Do not use the “Notes” section for citation or adding details to help the audience understand. The presentation needs to be clear based on what the audience can see and “Notes” are meant only for the speaker. Your instructor will not review the “Notes” section if you use PowerPoint.
Images that require attribution should have an APA formatted in-text citation and APA formatted reference entry. Please provide the website logo with images that are freely available so that your instructor knows they do not require an APA reference entry.Running Head: HARRIS COUNTY WASTE MANAGEMENT
Harris County Waste Management
Darren Cufaude
Purdue Global University
Harris County Waste Management
Today, there has been a rise in the desire to create a comfortable living space for
various populations. Waste management has remained one of the main challenges which
affect the operations and success of communities. In the developing and developed nations,
waste management has become a significant issue of concern leading to undermined
environment state while at the same time undermining the quality of life of the residents. For
instance, increased release of waste into the environment has been associated with a rise in
the overall level of destruction which a given region exhibits. Numerous laws and regulations
have been created and adopted to overcome the current growing demands as far as
environmental protection is concerned. With the rising cases of ecological destruction, there
is a need to come up with measures which would be used to create a platform for improving
the living standards of the populations. Some of the regions across the globe have enacted
measures which will help in managing wastes from diverse dimensions. It is important to
note that some of these measures have been pushed by the existing environmental protection
regulations adopted from a global size. Instead of looking at the issues of environmental
protection from a social aspect, it is essential to consider the role played by each member of
the community in the process. Therefore, the stakeholders from the Harris County Waste
Management Services should provide recycling resources to the surrounding community
since it will go a long way in the reduction of the need for landfills, minimize the exploitation
of the environment in search of raw material while at the same time complying with the
current conservation measures which will promote habitat for both animals and people.
Poor waste management has been associated with diverse effects on the environment.
The failure of the relevant stakeholders to implement the right measures to manage wastes
leads to inadequate approaches for promoting the protection of the environment. In most
cases, poor waste management usually brings about adverse effects from a health dimension
(De & Debnath, 2016).
To understand the potential effects that poor waste management practices bring to a
given community, it is essential to address the chances of the occurrence of diseases which
affect millions of people around the globe. The composition of waste material is responsible
for the presence of the witnessed health conditions. For instance, poor waste management
from hospitals may expose the general population to a wide range of health conditions
(Batool, Iqbal, Ashraf & Manzoor, 2019). For instance, needles can be used as avenues for
transferring diseases such as HIV from one person to the other. Poorly managed medical
waste is a health hazard to the environment and the general population.
Further, it is essential to look at the potential effects that poor waste management
practices may bring to the health of the general population, especially when it comes to
burning such material. Burning waste material pollutes the surrounding air increasing the
risks of respiratory diseases for the general population. Also, poor waste management
practices have increased the risks associated with musculoskeletal conditions. Therefore,
from a health dimension, poor waste management practices may undermine the quality of life
of the affected populations.
Poor waste management usually affects diverse aspects of the environment. For
instance, in the country, poor waste management practices have led to issues such as air and
water contamination. For example, some people in the community prefer burning domestic
waste instead of recycling it. Since the cost of recycling is high and hence unmanageable by
individuals, most people and companies prefer burning or exposing their waste to the
surrounding environment. Soil and air contamination affect the quality of life of not only the
surrounding populations but also the animals and plants.
From another dimension, poor waste management in the community has led to missed
recycling opportunities. Recycling can bring about positive impacts on the community from a
health and economic dimension. Advocating for recycling helps in creating a platform for
increasing the level of awareness that the general population exhibits about the waste
management practices which they adopt. Empowering the Harris County Waste Management
services will in the future promote awareness on the factors which undermine the overall
level of impacts that the environment exhibits. Similarly, promoting recycling will help the
county to reduce the risks associated with health dangers and pollution to the environment
(Martínez & Piña, 2017).
From the discussion above, one of the main issues which have been witnessed revolve
around the aspects of waste management and the best practices to follow. Promoting
recycling is one of the best ways which would help in reducing the challenges affecting the
general community such as poor living standards, increased exploitation of the natural
resources in search for new raw material and but not limited to the promotion of recycling
can be achieved by giving the community members and affected populations the right
resources (Kautish, Paul & Sharma, 2019). For instance, giving the community members
recycling bins will help to collect wastes timely and disposing of it according to the set
standards. Further, recycling will help to create new products out of waste material. Such a
move will help in the reduction of the chances of exploiting the naturally occurring resources
and the environment as a whole in search of raw material. Therefore, this section confirms
that the provision of recycling bins will help to increase the chances of achieving a better
insight into the current trends in the environment a far as protection and conservation is
Batool, N., Iqbal, N., Ashraf, W., & Manzoor, Z. (2019). Waste associated health hazards in
different private hospitals: an alarming situation. Rawal Medical Journal, 44(3), 597601.
De, S., & Debnath, B. (2016). Prevalence of health hazards associated with a substantial
waste disposal-A case study of Kolkata, India. Procedia Environmental Sciences, 35,
Martínez, C. I. P., & Piña, W. A. (2017). Solid waste management in Bogotá: the role of
recycling associations as investigated through SWOT analysis. Environment,
Development and Sustainability, 19(3), 1067-1086.
Kautish, P., Paul, J., & Sharma, R. (2019). The moderating influence of environmental
consciousness and recycling intentions on green purchase behaviour. Journal of
Cleaner Production, 228, 1425-1436.
Stephanie Lewis Thompson
Composition Department
The problem. . .
• Children with autism are 3 times
more likely to be bullied than peers
• Children with epilepsy and medical
conditions like cerebral palsy are
more likely to be bullied and called
names than their peers
• Kids who are bullied are more likely
to suffer from depression, anxiety,
sleep issues, health problems, and
lower GPAs and test scores.
(, n.d.)
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The solution
▪ The K8 School District should
require middle school English
classes to read a book dealing
with disability because the
conversations these books raise
help to reduce bullying and
encourage inclusion.
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By the 2013-2014 school year, 6.5
million students (13%) were receiving
special needs services, and 90%
of those students spend some time
in a general education classroom
(NCES, 2016)
(NCES, 2016)
• Children with autism
are 3 times more
likely to be bullied
than peers
• Children with
epilepsy and medical
conditions like
cerebral palsy are
more likely to be
bullied and called
names than their
• Kids who are bullied are
more likely to suffer
from depression,
anxiety, sleep issues,
health problems, and
lower GPAs and test
(, n.d.)
Rules (Cynthia Lord, 2006)
▪ Lord’s daughter asked her “Mom, how come I
never see families like mine in books and on
TV”? Rules is meant to change that.
▪ Narrator Catherine is the older sister to David,
who is on the autism spectrum.
▪ She creates rules, like “no toys in the fish tank”
and “keep your pants on in public” to help her
brother navigate social situations (and reduce
embarrassment to her!)
(Albertson, 2006)
Rules (Cynthia Lord, 2006)
▪ Includes a reader’s guide geared
towards middle school students.
▪ Have students create a list of rules
they would like peers to follow and
discuss their motivations for those
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Out of my Mind (Sharon Draper, 2010)
▪ Comes from the perspective of narrator Melody,
an 11 year old with photographic memory, a love
for words, and an inability to speak thanks to her
cerebral palsy.
▪ A doctor tells Melody’s mother that she is
“severely brain-damaged and mentally retarded”
(p. 22).
▪ Explores how a communication device helps
Melody communicate with others and display her
▪ Examines the social, physical, and emotional
challenges that a special needs child faces but
reminds us that we can never know everything in a
child’s mind.
(Sfetsios-Conover & Chang, 2010)
Wonder (R. J. Palacio, 2012)
▪ Auggie’s difference is physical—he has Treacher
Collins Syndrome, which only occurs in 1 out of
every 10,000 births (Children’s Craniofacial
Association, 2005)
▪ Includes chapters from Auggie’s perspective as
well as his friends and the boy, Julian, who bullies
him that was added to later editions of the novel.
(Carpenter, 2012)
Choose Kind
▪ For more on the “Choose Kind”
pledge that classrooms can
take, see
▪ The site includes teaching
resources, the “Daily Wonder”
app with inspirational daily
sayings, and more information
about the Children’s Craniofacial
Association and bullying
(ChooseKind Tumblr, 2018)
I am Auggie Pullman (video)
(CCA Kids, 2017)
A plea
▪ Bullying is a wide spread problem
that needs a community solution.
Because children with disabilities
are bullied at a higher rate,
parents and educators have to be
creative in helping other children
understand differences. While not
all books will work in all settings, a
wealth of books like Wonder
provide a starting point for
educators, parents, and students
to start the conversation.
(ChooseKind Tumblr, 2018)
Other suggestions
▪ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the
Nighttime (Mark Haddon, 2003)
▪ Views from Our Shoes: Growing up with a Brother or
Sister with Autism (Ed. Donald J. Meyer, 1997)
▪ The Goldfish Boy (Lisa Thompson, 2017)
▪ Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s (John
Elder Robison, 2008)
▪ Short (Molly Goldberg Sloan, 2017)
▪ Life, Animated (Ron Suskind, 2014)
▪ Al Capone Does My Shirts (Gennifer Choldenko,
▪ The Reason I Jump (Naoki Higashida, 2013,
▪ A Corner of the Universe (Ann M. Martin, 2007)
introduction by David Mitchell)
▪ The Luster of Lost Things (Sophie Chen Keller,
▪ Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows
Embraced Autism and Changed the World (Sy
Montgomery & Temple Grandin, 2012)
▪ Mockingbird (Kathryn Erksine, 2011)

▪ CCA Kids. (2017, June 4). I am Auggie Pullman [Video file]. Retrieved from

▪ Children’s Craniofacial Association. (2005). A guide to understanding Treacher Collins
Syndrome. Retrieved from
▪ National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). (2016, May). Children and youth with
disabilities. Retrieved from
▪ (n.d.). Bullying and children and youth with disabilities and special health
needs. Retrieved from and
References: Novels, Cover Art, and Images
▪ Albertson, K. (2006). Rules cover art [Image]. New York: Scholastic Corporation.
▪ Carpenter, T. (2012). Wonder cover art [Image]. New York: Simon & Schuster.
▪ Choose Kind Tumblr. (2018). Quote from R. J. Palacio. [Image file]. Retrieved from
▪ Draper, S. (2010). Out of my mind. New York: Simon & Schuster.
▪ Lord, C. (2006). Rules. New York: Scholastic Corporation.
▪ Palacio, R. J. (2012). Wonder. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
▪ Sfetsios-Conover, D. & Chang, D. (2010). Out of my mind cover art [Image]. New York: Simon
& Schuster.

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