Call for Proposals: Special Issue on Accessibility and Technical Communication
Technical Communication, the peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Technical Communication, is pleased to announce a special issue exploring accessibility and technical communication, to be published in February 2006. The guest editors are Gail Lippincott of RGL Solutions and Kathryn Riley of the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Researchers in fields ranging from human factors to cognitive psychology have studied ways to produce interfaces, adaptive technology, and design guidelines for accessible communication. Policy planners in many countries wrangle with legislation aimed at accommodating citizens with disabilities, including the growing senior population.
Too often, however, technical communicators are missing from these multidisciplinary discussions. To ensure accessible communication, we must incorporate the findings of other disciplines into our own teaching, research, and practice, and we must bring our audience expertise to bear on research and legislation. This special issue focuses on accessibility and the technical communication profession.
Possible Topics for This Special Issue
We welcome articles that will help practitioners, teachers, and researchers understand communication principles, technologies, organizational dynamics, and legislation related to accessibility. We seek articles that offer new insight into the audience traits that accessibility studies investigate: physical (e.g., sight, hearing, mobility), cognitive (e.g., learning, reasoning), and social (e.g., resources, access, training, attitudes). In addition, we seek articles that discuss the consequences of adopting—or ignoring—accessibility initiatives in practice, education, or research. Questions of particular interest include the following:
Types of Submissions
We welcome all standard methodological approaches, including (but not limited to) case studies, experimental research, ethnographic and observational research, and literature reviews and annotated bibliographies. All proposals and manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. Acceptance of a proposal does not guarantee acceptance of the final article.
Send proposals by e-mail to both editors: