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The Discourse of Disability in Communication Education

Narrative-Based Research for Social Change

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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Names: Atay, Ahmet, editor. | Ashlock, Mary Z., editor. Title: The discourse of disability in communication education: narrative-based research for social change / edited by Ahmet Atay, Mary Z. Ashlock. Description: New York: Peter Lang, [2016] | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2015035541| ISBN 9781433129339 (hardcover: alk. paper) | ISBN 9781433129322 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 9781453917343 (e-book) Subjects: LCSH: College students with disabilities. | Learning disabled— Education, Higher. | People with disabilities—Education, Higher. | Communication in education. Classification: LCC LC4818.38.D57 2016 | DDC 378.0087—dc23 LC record available at http://lccn.loc.gov/2015035541

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