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No Offense Intended: The Directory of Historical Disability Terms Book Now Available

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New Book from Museum of disABILITY History Geared Towards Students

Geared towards students, the No Offense Intended: The Directory of Historical Disability Terms book is the result of research conducted by the Museum of disABILITY staff into the history of early New York State almshouses, hospitals, institutions and schools. Additionally, notes of frequently asked questions from visitors to the Museum of disABILITY History are included. Most of the terms were early practitioners’ attempts to clarify and identify the nature and causes of diseases and deviations in human behavior. As you read the directory, it is easily seen that, historically, yesterday's diagnosis can, a few generations later, become negative and enter everyday language.

The book was written with the intention of showing how attitudes toward people with disabilities have changed over the past couple of centuries. Instead of focusing on creating a comprehensive dictionary of terms, the book was created in response to the need to provide students, educators, Museum visitors and researches with historic references that are connected to and associated with disabilities. Although the focus should be towards high school students as they approach graduation, it is beneficial and insightful to anyone who is interested in reading about how people with disabilities were perceived and treated in the past.

The book may be purchased in the Museum of disABILITY History Store, 3826 Main Street in Buffalo or online,, for $12.95. For more information, call 716-629-3626.

The Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc. established People Ink Press in 2010, which is dedicated to publishing books related to disability history.

People Inc. is a not-for-profit health and human services agency providing programs and services to more than 12,000 people with special needs, their families, and seniors throughout Western New York. Since 1971, People Inc. has assisted individuals to achieve greater degrees of independence and productivity.

The Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and display of artifacts relating to the history of people with disabilities. The mission is to tell the story of the lives, triumphs, and struggles of people with disabilities as well as society’s reactions. The Museum of disABILITY History, located at 3826 Main Street in Buffalo, NY, offers educational exhibits, programs and activities that expand community awareness.


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