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The Discourse of Disability in Communication Education

Narrative-Based Research for Social Change

Edited By Ahmet Atay and Mary Z. Ashlock

This book examines the ways in which communicative practices influence the lives of students and faculty with disabilities in higher education. Offering their own experiences as teachers and students, the authors use qualitative research methods, mainly narrative and autoethnography, to highlight the intersections among communication, disability, diversity, and critical communication pedagogy. While embodying and emphasizing these connections, each chapter defines the notion of disability from a different point of view; summarizes the relevant literature; provides suggestions for different ways of improving the experiences of people with disabilities in higher education; promotes social change; and in some cases, promotes policy change. Overall, the volume promotes more effective, mindful, honest, and caring interaction between able-bodied and disabled individuals.
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Ahmet Atay (Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale) is an assistant professor at The College of Wooster. He is the author of Globalization’s Impact on Cultural Identity Formation: Queer Diasporic Males in Cyberspace (2015).

Mary Z. Ashlock (Ph.D., Florida State University) is an assistant professor at the University of Louisville. Her research includes disabilities, corporate communication, public speaking, and women/gender studies.

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