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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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Contributing Authors


Ahmet Atay Ahmet Atay is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the College of Wooster. He received his Ph.D from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His primary research areas include media and new media studies, cultural studies, critical communication pedagogy, and critical intercultural communication. His recent publications focus on the usage of new media technologies by diasporic individuals.

Mary Z. Ashlock Mary Z. Ashlock is an assistant professor at the University of Louisville. She received her Ph.D in Communication from Florida State University in 1989, worked in higher education administration and then as a business consultant. She returned to higher education ten years ago as a professor in communication. Her research interests include students with disabilities, corporate and organizational communication, public speaking and women and gender studies communication.

Alison N. Buckley Alison N. Buckley is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. She is interested in the intersection of health, family, child development, and positive communication such as humor and supportiveness.

Julie S. Cosenza Julie S. Cosenza is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where ← 183 | 184 → she specializes in critical communication pedagogy and performance studies, and a lecturer in the Departments of Communication Studies and Women and Gender Studies at San Francisco State University.

Kelly Lewis Coyne Kelly Lewis Coyne is a speech-language pathologist currently working for Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital...

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