This article discusses issues surrounding able-bodied communication administrators. The first issue confronting communication educators involves the nature of interactions with disabled students. Such students may be reluctant to disclose their personal circumstances to their instructors, even when a campus student counseling services office arms them with explanatory documents intended to affirm their sincerity and disarm the potential for them to feel embarrassed. Some learning impaired students have been isolated, misunderstood, and stigmatized, thus, the simplest act of communicating may become fraught with anxiety. The second issue confronting communication educators involves how sensitive we are to the broad nature of what constitutes a disability that warrants a reasonable accommodation.
Newburger, C. (1994). Determining reasonable accommodations for the learning impaired: New issues for able-bodied communication administrators. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 23(3), 181–184.