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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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