differently abled


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: having a disability : disabled sense 1a The sports program and foundation offers a dozen different sporting events for differently abled athletes, plus instruction about modeling, acting and public speaking.— Lynnette Hintze sometimes objected to as an awkward or condescending euphemism… the #saytheword campaign to urge both the media and everyday speakers to use the words disabled and disability rather than mealy-mouthed euphemisms such as differently abled— Ellen Samuels

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won a gold metal in the Paralympics, an international Olympic competition for the differently abled
Recent Examples on the Web This will be critical to creating a digital world that values all people, differently abled or not. Elizabeth Warren, Fortune, "Elizabeth Warren: I’ll use the force of government to make tech work for people with disabilities," 15 Jan. 2020 Additional participants — including people of color, women, inter-faith, indigenous, LGBTQI and differently abled individuals — will be unveiled in the coming weeks. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "New Zealand's Power of Inclusion Summit Adds 'Pose' Creator Steven Canals, 'Black-ish' Star Yara Shahidi," 30 Aug. 2019

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Differently abled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/differently%20abled. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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differently abled

dif·​fer·​ent·​ly abled | \ ˈdif-ərnt-lē-ˈā-bəld, ˈdif-(ə-)rənt- How to pronounce differently abled (audio) \

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