Research and Application

Edited by
Dawn O. Braithwaite
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Teresa L. Thompson
University of Dayton
A Volume in LEA's Communication Series

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 offering
insights for both personal and professional relationships.

Contents: Preface. Introduction. T.L. Thompson, A History of Communication and Disability
Research: The Way We Were. Part I: Interpersonal and Relationship Issues. D.O. Braithwaite,
L.M. Harter, Communication and the Management of Dialectical Tensions in the Personal
Relationships of People With Disabilities. S.A. Nemeth, Society, Sexuality, and
Disabled/Ablebodied Romantic Relationships. T-P. Do, P. Geist, Embodiment and
Dis-Embodiment: Identity Trans-formation of Persons With Physical Disabilities. K.P. Soule, M.E.
Roloff, Help Between Persons With and Without Disabilities From a Resource Theory Perspective.
S.M. Westhaver, Opening Up Spaces for Difference Via a Feminist Phenomenological Approach
to Disability. Part II: People With Disabilities in Organizational Settings. I. Malian, A. Nevin,
Effective Communication to Enhance Special Education. D.W. Worley, Communication and
Students With Disabilities on College Campuses. A.L. Colvert, J. Smith, What Is Reasonable?
Workplace Communication and People Who Are Disabled. K.P. Herold, Communication
Strategies in Employment Interviews for Applicants With Disabilities. G.L. Kreps, Disability and
Culture: Effects on Multicultural Relations in Modern Organizations. Part III: Disability and
Culture. S. Fox, H. Giles, M. Orbe, R.Y. Bourhis, Interability Communication: Theoretical
Perspectives. G.M. Johnson, Negotiating Personal Identities Among People With and Without
Identified Disabilities: The Role of Identity Management. M. Iwakuma, J.F. Nussbaum,
Intercultural Views of People With Disabilities in Asia and Africa. K. Shultz, Deaf Activists in the
Rhetorical Transformation of the Construct of Disability. Part IV: Media and Technologies. B.
Haller, If They Limp They Lead? News Representation and the Hierarchy of Disability Images. K.
Wolfson, M. Norden, Film Images of People With Disabilities. O. Farnall, Invisible No More:
Advertising and Disability. S. Fox, The Uses and Abuses of Computer-Mediated Communication in
People With Disabilities. Part V: Communication Issues as They Impact Specific Types of
Disabilities. R. Parrott, T. Stuart, A.B. Cairns, Reducing Uncertainty Through Communication
During Adjustment to Disability: Living With Spinal Cord Injury. A. McIntosh, When the Deaf and
Hearing Interact: Communication Features, Relationships, and Disability Issues. H.M. Rose, A.R.
Smith, Sighting Sound/Sounding Sight: The "Violence" of Deaf-Hearing Communication. J.W.
Smith, K.P. Kandath, Communication and the Blind or Visually Impaired. C. Matthews, N.G.
Harrington, Invisible Disability. B.B. Whaley, M.A. Golden, Communicating With Persons Who
Stutter: Perceptions and Strategies. M.A. Romski, R.A. Sevick, Children and Adults Who
Experience Difficulty With Speech. A. Weitzel, Overcoming Loss of Voice. R.J. Cline, N.J.
McKenzie, Interpersonal Roulette and HIV/AIDS as Disability: Stigma and Social Support in
Tension. J. Knuf, The Margins of Communication: Coping With Adult Dementia. Part VI: Setting
a Future Agenda for Communication and Disability Research. D.O. Braithwaite, Disability and
Communication Research: A Productive Past and a Bright Future.

0-8058-3059-6 [cloth] / January 2000 / approx. 544pp. / $125.00

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