NCA Disability Caucus: 
2003 Research Papers & Panels

ACCIDENTAL NARRATIVES: PERFORMING OUR STORIES

Chair: Jennifer L. Shamrock, Ithaca College

   "Hands and the Man." James Ferris, University of Wisconsin, Madison
   "Fortunate (?), Falls, or The Legs and I." Bruce Henderson, Ithaca College

Respondents: James L. Cherney, Westminster College & Carol Simpson Stern, Northwestern University

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REACHING INTO OUR DISCIPLINE BY REACHING OUT TO DISABLED STUDENTS

Chair: David W. Worley, Indiana State University

Panelists:
   Virgil R. Miller, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
   Elaine B. Jenks, West Chester University
   Dawn L. Carusi, Ohio University
   Patricia C. Foley, Northeastern University
   Robert D. Harrison, Gallaudet University

Respondent: Teresa L. Thompson, University of Dayton

This set of papers reaches into textbooks in varied areas across our discipline—the basic communication course, health communication, intercultural communication, and family and interpersonal communication—to determine whether we have reached out to people with disabilities.

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INTERPERSONAL AND MEDIA PERSPECTIVES ON DISABILITY AND COMMUNICATION

Chair: Myrna M. Cornett-DeVito, Emporia State University

   "Disability Narratives: Disability Dialectics in Interpersonal Relationships." Christine S. Davis, University of South Florida
   "Communicating about Deafness: Deaf People in Australian and American Print Media." Desmond J. Power, Griffith University
   "Heightened Communication in Mixed Ability Wheelchair Tennis." Edmund A. Kellerman, University of Florida

Respondent: Joy M. Cypher, Rowan University

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REACHING IN:
EXAMINING DISABILITY AND POWER ISSUES ACROSS A VARIETY OF COMMUNICATION CONTEXTS

Chair: Myrna M. Cornett-DeVito, Emporia State University

   "Line Up By Rank, Gimps: Theatricality, Performativity, and Hierarchies of Disability." James Ferris, University of Wisconsin, Madison
   "College Students with Learning Disabilities and Their Responses to Situations They Perceive as Communicating Instructor Communication Incompetence." David W. Worley, Indiana State University,
     Myrna M. Cornett-DeVito, Emporia State University
   "Enactments of Power in the Disabled Parent/Nondisabled Child Relationship." Joy M. Cypher, Rowan University
   "The Powers of Disability: An Exploration of Power in the Physician-Disabled Patient Relationship." Diane M. Ferrero-Paluzzi, Iona College
   "A Power Struggle between the Majority and Minority: A case study of PWDs in Japan." Miho Iwakuma, Ursinus College

Respondent: Kelly P. Herold, Minnesota State University, Winona

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COMMUNICATING FOR EMPOWERMENT

Chair: Janet L. Yedes, Kean University

Panelists:
   Maria C. Perez, Kean University
   James J. Akers, Kean University
   Joseph Patrick Barone, Kean University

This panel examines using communication to empower individuals in personal, interpersonal, and workplace environments. Panelists explore ways a variety of issues including how individuals with disabilities use technology to empower themselves, research on work on friendships with autistic adults, and a critique of suggestions for improving communication between doctor and patient.

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COMMUNICATING ACROSS THE DIVIDE: UNDERSTANDING EVERYDAY TALK ABOUT DISABILITY

Chair: Susan M. Ward, Regent University

Panelists:
   Susan M. Ward, Regent University
   Deborah A. Strong, Regent University
   Suzanne M. Uhl, Mt. San Jacinto College

This panel purposes to expose the rhetorical choices societies have made regarding how communication takes place between the able-bodied and disabled sectors of communities by exploring through various methodological approaches including an analysis of the visual rhetoric behind the handicap symbol, an auto-ethnographic analysis of how adult children of parents with disabilities talk about themselves and a cultural analysis of how disabled people are treated in Nepal.

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