differently abled


Definition of differently abled

: 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 Finding activities the whole family will enjoy can be tough, especially when everyone is differently abled. Eve Sneider, Wired, 4 June 2021 This system would be built on respect and acceptance of everyone’s differences and on the fact that we are all differently abled. Maria Alejandra Mejia, sun-sentinel.com, 8 Apr. 2021 Her plans include creating #TwitterVoices events with the differently abled and Indigenous communities. Brittney Oliver, Marie Claire, 3 Mar. 2021 In a new statement shared on Instagram, the film star apologized for the pain her role may have brought to differently abled people. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, 6 Nov. 2020 Zoom, which has become one of the most popular video meeting services, added new features Wednesday aimed at improving accessibility for those who are differently abled.. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2020 This will be critical to creating a digital world that values all people, differently abled or not. Elizabeth Warren, Fortune, 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, 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of differently abled

1980, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of differently abled was in 1980

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8 Jun 2021

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“Differently abled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/differently%20abled. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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