Visio-centric order of discourse: a proposal of theoretical reflection about the literacies of a people with visual impairment

ABSTRACT In this paper, we present theoretical insights about the literacies of people with visual impairment from the perspective of what we have named a vision-centric order of discourse. We examine this order and its implication for the discourse representations of a woman with visual impairment about her literacy practices. The theoretical and methodological background for our analysis of such representations is Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and its transdisciplinary relations with Systemic Functional Linguistics. The study focused on the analysis of Representational Meaning (Fairclough 2003), based on the concept of an ideational metafunction, which is manifested within the clause structure through the transitivity system (Halliday & Matthiessen 2004). The results indicate that the discursive point of view of the participant of the present study oscillates between an explicit claim for a vision-centric order of discourse and a conformative adjustment to such discourse order. By bringing these two distinct points of view of the participant, we aim to contribute to a more efficient use of language by visually impaired people, thus leading to a more effective destabilization in a society that still lacks appropriate accessibility practices.