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Rhetorical Accessability

At the Intersection of Technical Communication and Disability Studies, 1st Edition

Edited by Lisa Meloncon


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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.

Table of Contents


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


About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health