Handbook of Communication and People with Disabilities: Research and Application

Handbook of Communication and People with Disabilities: Research and Application

Handbook of Communication and People with Disabilities: Research and Application

Handbook of Communication and People with Disabilities: Research and Application

Synopsis

This Handbook represents the first comprehensive collection of research on communication and people with disabilities. The editors have brought together original contributions focusing on the identity, social, and relationship adjustments faced by people with disabilities and those with whom they relate. Essays report on topics across the communication spectrum--interpersonal and relationship issues, people with disabilities in organizational settings, disability and culture, media and technologies, communication issues as they impact specific types of disabilities--and establish a future agenda for communication and disability research. Each chapter provides a state-of-the-art literature review, practical applications of the material, and keywords and discussion questions to facilitate classroom use.

In providing an outlet for current research on communication and disability issues, this unique collection contributes to the lives of people with and without disabilities, helping them to improve their own communication and relationships. Intended for readers in communication, psychology, sociology, rehabilitation, social work, special education, gerontology, and related disciplines, this handbook is certain to augment further theory and research, as well as offer insights for both personal and professional relationships.

Excerpt

Research on communication and disability issues is different in some important ways from research on other communicative issues. All research interests are prompted by some of the same things. People choose to study the things they do because of aptitudes and abilities in certain areas and because certain ways of thinking about things make more sense to them than do other approaches. Communication scientists study phenomena because they help them understand more general communicative processes or because of the relevance of communication theory or concepts to the phenomena. They also choose topics to study because of personal experiences. It seems likely that the role of personal experiences in creating interest in the study of communication and disability is, however, even more important than it is in most other areas of study. And it may be that the reason for this increased importance is the power of the personal experiences that prompt research.

Many researchers come to the study of communication and disability through personal experiences either as individuals with a disabilities or through observing how loved ones who have disabilities are treated by others. Personal experiences are, of course, important determinants of many individuals' research agendas. Work experiences may determine interests . . .

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