1st Edition

Rhetorical Accessability At the Intersection of Technical Communication and Disability Studies

Edited By Lisa Meloncon Copyright 2013
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    Rhetorical Accessability is the first text to bring the fields of technical communication and disability studies into conversation. The two fields also share a pragmatic foundation in their concern with accommodation and accessibility, that is, the material practice of making social and technical environments and texts as readily available, easy to use, and/or understandable as possible to as many people as possible, including those with disabilities. Through its concern with the pragmatic, theoretically grounded work of helping users interface effectively and seamlessly with technologies, the field of technical communication is perfectly poised to put the theoretical work of disability studies into practice. In other words, technical communication could ideally be seen as a bridge between disability theories and web accessibility practices. While technical communicators are ideally positioned to solve communication problems and to determine the best delivery method, those same issues are compounded when they are viewed through the dual lens of accessibility and disability. With the increasing use of wireless, expanding global marketplaces, increasing prevalence of technology in our daily lives, and ongoing changes of writing through and with technology, technical communicators need to be acutely aware of issues involved with accessibility and disability. This collection will advance the field of technical communication by expanding the conceptual apparatus for understanding the intersections among disability studies, technical communication, and accessibility and by offering new perspectives, theories, and features that can only emerge when different fields are brought into conversation with one another and is the first text to bring the fields of technical communication and disability studies into conversation with one another.

    Lisa Meloncon

     CHAPTER 1. Embracing Interdependence: Technology Developers, Autistic Users, and Technical Communicators
    Kimberly Elmore

     CHAPTER 2. Designing for People Who Do Not Read Easily
    Caroline Jarrett, Janice (Ginny) Redish, and Kathryn Summers

     CHAPTER 3. Toward a Theory of Technological Embodiment
    Lisa Meloncon

     CHAPTER 4. Supercrips Don’t Fly: Technical Communication to Support Ordinary Lives of People With Disabilities
    Margaret Gutsell and Kathleen Hulgin

     CHAPTER 5. The Care and Feeding of the D-Beast: Metaphors of the Lived Experience of Diabetes
    Lora Arduser

     CHAPTER 6. Accessibility and the Web Design Student
    Elizabeth Pass

     CHAPTER 7. Accessibility Challenges for Visually Impaired Students and Their Online Writing Instructors
    Sushil K. Oswal and Beth L. Hewett

     CHAPTER 8. Disability, Web Standards, and the Majority World
    Sarah Lewthwaite and Henny Swan

     CHAPTER 9. Web Accessibility Statements: Connecting Professional Writing, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Burkean Rhetoric
    Antoinette Larkin

     CHAPTER 10. Accessibility as Context: The Legal, Fiscal, and Social Imperative to Deliver Inclusive e-Content
    Lisa Pappas

     CHAPTER 11. Resources
    Allison Maloney

    Meet the Contributors




    Lisa Meloncon