In the hundred years of the history of communication studies in the United States, the relationship between communication and disability has received an increase in focused scholarly attention from researchers only in the last 20 years or so. This growing recent scholarly interest in disability and communication was marked by the creation of the National Communication Association’s (NCA) Disability Issues Caucus, which was developed and [Page 388]organized in the early 1990s based on the interest and work of key scholars, including Jim Ferris. The caucus has officially been part of the NCA since the mid-1990s. Since then, disability and communication has grown significantly as an area of scholarship, although it is still one of the smaller interest groups in the NCA.
Interestingly, in ...
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