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Print disabled — A new word for me

Print disabled? 

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You never know where a blog idea will pop up.  At our weekly meeting at the Berthoud Surveyor newspaper to talk about story ideas, this one appeared.

A press release or some literature was shared about a possible story.  In it, the term print disabled was used.   None of the astute people sitting around the table has ever heard of this term.    (I mused that it might be a politically correct term or euphemism for something else.)

Well, here is what my research found.

The term print disabled (No hyphen unless used as an adjective) was coined by George Kerscher, PhD.  He came up with the word sometime in 1988 or 1989 to describe a person who could not access print.

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Nursing homes What’s in a name?

“Skilled nursing facility”.  I saw these words the other day on a sign at a local nursing home.  I said to myself, “I sure hope the nurses are skilled.”  Since I was all alone, then I said to myself, “Who are you talking to?” 

Let me say right at the start, that this facility and others in town are great. I am glad they exist, and I know those who work there are very dedicated to what they do and to the care their patients.  (And they are have patience)

Anyway—I found it interesting that they would have to say skilled since I think most or all nurses are trained and skilled.   In doing some research in the internet, I found that “skilled nursing facility” is the new term for nursing homes as they used to be called.  Before that, I think they were labeled as old folk’s homes or rest home—yikes!

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