Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness

This book project provides an alternative narrative of autism’s history and rhetorical meaning(s), with a particular focus on the self-published life writing of autistic people. In support of this alt-narrative, I deconstruct cognitive studies scholarship that reifies the inhumanity and neurological passivity of autistics. I further suggest that autistic people queer the lines of rhetoric, humanity, and agency.

Like much of my work to date, Authoring Autism is auto- (or autie-) ethnographic. It employs a disclosure-based ethos, an ethos in which disabled people (as opposed to empirical or clinical research) are positioned as most expert on disability. In this respect, Authoring Autism is a re-authoring of dominant (and non-autistic) accounts of autism, most of which are fixated on pathology and deficit.

Cripping the Computer: A Critical Moment in Composition Studies

co-editor with Elizabeth Brewer

While developing accessible practices is an important goal, it can often seem an elusive one. Many of us remain unsure of how to practically create accessible texts, never mind disrupt pedagogical infrastructures or cultivate radically inclusive conferences. This born-digital collection, then, seeks to further these conversations, to offer ways of thinking, tinkering, and practicing that empower students, colleagues, and citizens. How, for instance, might we reconceive invention and production under a disability studies framework? What does an ethically responsive digital assignment look like? How can we create professional fora that are both inclusive and participatory?

To that end, Cripping the Computer both elaborates methods for creating accessible texts and argues for the benefit that access yields to our discipline. In this collection, authors consider the practical and theoretical, as well as the pedagogical and scholarly ways in which disability and accessibility inform digital composing practices.

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