Responding to the Americans with Disabilities Act: Contributions of Interpersonal Communication Research and Training

Dawn O. Braithwaite, Denise Labrecque

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Abstract

The enactment of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), has resulted in considerable misinformation and resistance, especially when ablebodied individuals and persons with disabilities interact. This essay reviews contributions of interpersonal communication researchers who address the challenges persons with disabilities face when communicating with ablebodied others, suggesting ways to mitigate communication discomfort and to reduce problems in helping situations. The authors suggest foci for future research and training which can contribute to the acceptance and effectiveness of ADA and to facilitate communication between ablebodied persons and persons with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-294
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Communication Research
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics

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