I was watching a TV show on Sideshow performers and was just curious. In the super politically correct age when words like midget and dwarf are exchanged for Little People (which I’ve always thought sounds way more condescending) it was odd to hear references to “The Monkey Woman” and “The Lobster Family”. While you can refer to “conjoined twins” or people with osteogenesis imperfecta, is there an all encompassing word for people would once have been called *Freaks ?
Special Needs would seem not quite right as it implies disabilities and some of these people were far from helpless.
If there’s not one, what would you call them?