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Rhetorical Accessability: At the Intersection of Technical Communication and Disability Studies (Baywood's Technical Communications) Paperback – 30 Nov 2014
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IN PRAISE OF Rhetorical Accessability is an important book, not only because it elucidates a range of critical work being done at the intersection of technical communication and disability studies, but, more importantly, because it demonstrates convincingly how work in these areas--which some still consider highly specialized concerns--directly affects every one of us, every day, whether we know it or not. By foregrounding the productive interplay of theories from disability studies and technical communication, the authors highlight how issues of inclusive content, accessible design, medical discourse, and technological embodiment are at work in all of our daily lives. In so doing, Rhetorical Accessability represents a major step toward a broader field of writing studies, toward work on crucial issues in writing that span personal, academic, civic, and professional discourses, that unite scholars of rhetoric, composition, technical communication, literacy studies, linguistics, and other fields.Paul Heilker, Director of the PhD in Rhetoric and Writing, Virginia Tech On every page, this groundbreaking collection--the first of its kind in the field of technical communication--reminds us that disability studies deserves to play a central role in our pedagogies, workplace practices, and scholarship. Lisa Meloncon has assembled an excellent, wide-ranging collection of chapters from both established experts and new scholars. The topics and theoretical lenses are diverse and broad. The chapters are deeply grounded and well-informed. They combine theory and practice in true tech comm fashion. The coverage of web accessibility is excellent, comprising multiple chapters and topics (e-readers, laws, guidelines, accessibility statements, online writing instruction). I'm already planning to add this book to the list of required readings for my graduate course in Web Accessibility and Disability Studies.Sean Zdenek, Associate Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Texas Tech University In this wise and well-written volume, Lisa Meloncon and her contributing authors have done precisely what they set out to do: to introduce a wide range of issues and start a scholarly conversation about technical and professional communication for and about the aging and disabled. Their timing couldn't be better.Fred Reynolds, Professor of English and Speech, Former Dean of the Division of Humanities and Arts, The City College of New York (CUNY) This thought-provoking collection explores virtually uncharted territory in the psychological, linguistic, sociological, and ethical aspects of accessibility and disability. It opens doors that needed to be opened, and it is bound to spark further exploration, discovery, and progress in the cause of universal accessibility.Dan Voss, Technical Communicator, Educator, Author, Past Manager, STC AccessAbility SIG
About the Author
<strong>Lisa Meloncon</strong> is an assistant professor of Professional and Technical Writing at the University of Cincinnati, USA where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. Beyond accessibility issues, her research interests include medical rhetoric and technology, and programmatic issues in technical and professional communication and environmental/health communication.
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