The Barton article helped me to see an instance of the paradox of agent/cy, because it showed an example of an ad campaign that on the surface seems to give agency to a group, but in reality is taking agency away from them. By upholding those with disabilities as Others and lumping them all together, the campaign took agency away from the disabled. I noticed in the ads shown, among all the other things pointed out about them in the article, that it was never the disabled person/s that was given something to say. The slogan 'Give Once for All' was very telling concerning about how the charity was viewed largely as a practical business solution, and about attitudes towards disability and charity. The subtext of 'Give Once for All' means 'Give us a large sum of money once a year and you won't have to do anything about disability or the disabled until we come around next year.'
So, what Barton goes on to explain is that this attitude takes agency away from the disabled by presenting them as a single group that aren't 'normal' Americans. I think the points about 'supercrips' showed instances of the conditions necessary for United Way to give a disabled person agency. It represents them as a single, unique person, but in order to be seen that they had to overachieve, do something incredible. So, it sets up the thinking that anyone who isn't doing something amazing isn't worth seeing as an individual. It sets a standard that a disabled person must do something nearly impossible to have their story told.