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See also: print disabled


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Coined by George Kerscher in 1988–1989.


print-disabled (comparative more print-disabled, superlative most print-disabled)

  1. (of a person) Disabled in such a way as to be effectively unable to read print material, whether due to blindness, dyslexia, or another disability.
    • 1991 November, advertisement in Texas Monthly, Volume 19 Number 11, Emmis Communications, ISSN 0148-7736, page 214:
      Recording for the Blind’s Texas Unit has been helping blind, dyslexic, and otherwise print-disabled Texans since 1973.
    • 2001, Larry Goldberg, “Universal Design in Film and Media”, chapter 67 of Wolfgang F. E. Preiser and Elaine Ostroff (editors), Universal Design Handbook, McGraw-Hill Professional, →ISBN, section 67.3:
      What emerged in March of 1993 was a report of “The Print Access Project,” which discussed the recent history and future technological options for providing access to print materials, newspapers in particular, for what has now become an accepted terminology: print-disabled people. The implication of this language is that not only do people with visual impairments have difficulty gaining access to print materials, but so do people with dyslexia and other learning disabilities and people with certain mobility and physical impairments.
      [] However, the Times, like so many other information-bearing Web sites, errs in a few small but critical ways in how they design their Web site, resulting in a frustrating experience for print-disabled people who use personal computers.
    • 2010, Jonathan Lazar, Jinjuan Heidi Feng, and Harry Hochheiser, Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction, John Wiley and Sons, →ISBN, page 409:
      In traditional paper format, these forms may pose a problem for users that are print-disabled (blind or with low vision or dyslexia) or that can read but may have problems handling forms (such as users with spinal cord injuries).