Transforming the Rights-Based Encounter: Disability Rights, Disability Justice, and the Ethics of Access

Kristin C. Bennett, Mark A. Hannah

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Abstract

Technical and professional communication (TPC) has recently turned to social justice to interrogate seemingly neutral documents’ impacts on marginalized populations, including disabled individuals. In workplace contexts, such efforts are often impeded by rights-based discourse that maintains ableist institutional spaces and impedes efforts toward broader institutional change. Recognizing that TPC practitioners likely will encounter rights-based discourse, this article offers an ethical decision-making framework that couples the field's previous disability studies work with disability justice. We offer guidelines and a critical vocabulary for bridging legal rights and social justice concerns to inspire ethical articulations of disability access needed for transformative change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)326-354
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Business and Technical Communication
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • disability justice
  • disability studies
  • ethics
  • social justice
  • technical and professional communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Communication
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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