The goal of The Accessibility Task Force is to bring awareness of issues of accessibility to the forefront of the WPA. Accessibility encompasses a wide-range of social injustices, but this task force focuses on inclusivity and access for people with disabilities across the WPA, including graduate students and non-tenured members of the field–and in the classrooms the students we teach students inhabit. We recognize that changing ableist norms takes time, but as we learn new, inclusive norms, the field will change.
Mary De Nora
PhD Student | Texas Tech University| Technical Communication & Rhetoric
EdD candidate| Bethel University, Minneapolis/St. Paul | Higher Education Leadership & Administration
Research interests: Audience research and analysis, intercultural communication and cultural intelligence, accessibility rhetorics, user experience research methods and design, programmatic innovation and assessment, and STEM rhetorics
PhD Candidate (May 2019 anticipated graduation) | University of Louisville | Rhetoric and Composition.
Research interests: graduate student professionalization, multimodal composition and pedagogy and the intersections among identity studies, digital literacies, social media, and popular culture.
PhD Student (2nd year) | University of Louisville | Rhetoric and Composition
Research Interests: writing centers, basic writing, community colleges, disability studies, feminism, marginalization, alterity
Undergraduate English/Creative Writing major and Psychology minor at Fairfield University
Interested in pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and a Ph.D in Disability Studies. Accomplishments: Published in the Fall 2017 issue of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, Presenter at the Conference on College Composition and Communication 2017, 2018, and 2019, Presenter at Computers and Writing Conference 2016, 2017, and 2018, Summer 2018 Intern with the Fairfield University MFA in Creative Writing Program Residency, Member of the Fairfield University Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Research Interests: disability studies, inclusion, accommodation, assistive technology, multimodality, feminism, influence of creative writing vs academic writing
PhD Student | Texas Tech University | Technical Communication and Rhetoric
Research Interests: transfer of writing-related knowledge, disciplinary literacies & pedagogies; first-year composition as writing studies, children’s and adolescent literatures, literacy and motivation, and developing digital literacy in writing courses; rhetoric of disability and deafness