Culminating Project Title

A Rhetorical Journey into Advocacy

Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

English: Rhetoric and Writing: M.A.




College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

James Heiman

Second Advisor

Rex Veeder

Third Advisor

Glenn Davis

Fourth Advisor

Owen Zimpel

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Autism, Advocacy, Rhetoric, Ableism, Neurotypical


This thesis reveals how advocacy is rhetorically constructed by using several rhetorical tools such as Kenneth Burke’s terministic screens, Michel Foucault’s genealogy and archaeology, and Bruno Latour’s black box. It is told in an autistethnographic style where it is part narrative, part academic, and written by an autistic person. Advocacy is rhetorically constructed by beginning to define a label for yourself.



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