Examples from Sources
The following provide some sense of how disability is recorded in a range of historical sources. Please note that the following may include some terms that would be unacceptable today.
"Eadric the Cripple held it in alms from King Edward. Now Edward the son of Eadric holds it, and it paid geld for 1 virgate of land."
Undercleave, attached to the manor of Axminster, Domesday Book: A Complete Translation, ed. Ann Williams and G. H. Martin (London: Penguin, 2002), p. 278.
"The Worcester College for Blind Sons of Gentlemen, at the Commandery, Sidbury, is the only public school in Europe for the class indicated. It is designed for the conveying [of] a sound and liberal education by means of methods and appliances unattainable in homes and minor establishments ...The College building is pleasantly situated in safe and spacious grounds ... The library is composed of a rare and valuable collection of books in embossed type of various kinds, and complete apparatus for facilitating the education of the blind. There is in the city a Society for Providing Cheap Literature for the Blind ... The type used is the ordinary Roman character, divested of all ornaments. The Society is established for the purpose of supplying the blind with embossed books of instruction and amusement at a much lower cost than has hitherto been done."
Entry for Worcester in Littlebury's Directory of Worcestershire, 1873, p.797-8