Workplace Accommodations and People with Disabilities: The Dilemmatic Communicative Process of Requesting Access Technology
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
This study consists of a qualitative investigation of how people with visual impairments manage access to technology at the workplace. By the use of Applied Thematic Data Analysis (Guest, MacQueen, & Namey, 2012), results of a questionnaire distributed to employees with visual impairments were analyzed, and ten themes emerged for further analysis. The foci of these themes prompt three primary topics of discussion: defining accessibility, understanding the process of managing access to technology, and exploring the communicative strategies in managing this access. Using literature on interability communication, the interaction between employees with visual impairments and those who are able-bodied is portrayed as a co-cultural encounter (Orbe, 1998). Concepts of defining disability with relation to access technology and larger notions of workplace accommodations are also discussed.
CO-CULTURAL THEORYDILEMMATIC COMMUNICATIONDISABILITYINTERABILITY COMMUNICATIONTECHNOLOGY ACCESSWORKPLACE
Quinlan, MargaretScott, CliffRuggs, Enrica
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2016.
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