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About Our Site

This website represents the CCCC Disability Studies Standing Group (formerly the Disability Studies Special Interest Group). This is a website for, and about, people studying, teaching, and researching at the intersection of disability studies and rhetoric/composition. The url for this site – “disability rhetoric” – speaks to those of us in rhetoric who “do” disability studies, and also challenges the idea that discussions about language and disability are “just rhetoric.”

Our Leadership

The Co-Chairs of the Disability Studies Standing Group (DSSG) are Jonathan Smilges and Anna Barritt. Amy Vidali is the Webmaster and listserv owner, and Hilary Selznick is our Elections Officer. (Previous Co-Chairs, Webmasters, and Elections Officers include Ruth Osorio, Tara Wood, Dev Bose, Muffy Walter, Cody Jackson, Amy Vidali, Margaret Price, and Dale Katherine Ireland.)

This site was created in 2009, and grew out of the Disability Studies Special Interest Group (SIG) at the Conference on College Composition (CCCC), which formed in 2008 and continues to meet each year. The site identity DR logo (located next to the URL of your browser) was designed by Ariadne Diaz-Marroquin.


This came up in wikipedia commons as "Disabled BIPOC selfie." It features three black people: one in all black with sunglasses, a cane, and pink hair, another in black and gray with short hair and a pink wheelchair, and a third with wire-rimmed glasses and a tan sweater with shoulder-length hair. All smile and look toward the cell phone for the selfie. They're on a sidewalk in front of a white wall.
This came up in wikipedia commons as “Disabled BIPOC selfie.” It features three black people: one in all black with sunglasses, a cane, and pink hair, another in black and gray with short hair and a pink wheelchair, and a third with wire-rimmed glasses and a tan sweater with shoulder-length hair. All smile and look toward the cell phone for the selfie. They’re on a sidewalk in front of a white wall.

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