Disability Rhetoric

disabling writing, in a good way


This is a website for, and about, people studying, teaching, and researching at the intersection of disability studies and rhetoric/composition. The url for this site – “disability rhetoric” – speaks to those of us in rhetoric who “do” disability studies, and also challenges the idea that discussions about language and disability are “just rhetoric.” Please take a look around, and send any resources you’d like to add to Dev Bose.

This site was created in 2009, and grew out of the Disability Studies Special Interest Group (SIG) at the Conference on College Composition (CCCC), which formed in 2008 and continues to meet each year. At the first SIG meeting, Amy Vidali provided a packet that might be helpful. Our meetings are always accessible (read here for more on conference access).

This is not an official CCCC site; instead, it’s our place to make connections. The more policy-oriented group of CCCC is the Committee on Disability Issues in College Composition (CDICC), and there’s more about them under “Connections.”



About the Standing Group on Disability Studies: We are a group of scholars with interests in disability rhetorics. Madaline (Muffy) Walter (Benedictine College) and Ruth Osorio (University of Maryland) co-chair the group. Dale Katherine Ireland (Graduate Center of the City University of New York) manages elections. Dev Bose (University of Arizona) manages the website and listserv. Tara Wood (Rockford University) is the former co-chair.

Dr. Amy Vidali originally created and managed this site. An associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver, Amy is interested in the rhetorical politics of disability in the texts of higher education, disability in metaphor theory, and most recently, the rhetoric of gastrointestinal disorders.

The site identity DR logo (located next to the URL of your browser) was designed by Ariadne Diaz-Marroquin.

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