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 But this alone doesn’t bring more women, people of color, the differently abled, and folks from the LBGTQIA+ community into the business and culture of outdoor recreation. James Edward Mills, Outside Online, 4 Feb. 2020 It’s not very common to see characters who are differently abled in these kinds of narratives. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 9 June 2022 Organizations should also work closely with individuals who are knowledgeable about accessibility to better understand policies and practices that need to be adopted or amended to better accommodate those who are differently abled. Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 An accessible workplace is one that prioritizes needs and unique support systems of employees who are differently abled. Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 This effort includes bringing hackers, academics, differently abled individuals, and people from all ethnic backgrounds to create new solutions. Dan Reilly, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2021 Announces the creation of the Ed Asner Family Center, which supports people who are differently abled. CNN, 30 Aug. 2021 The situation is even more complicated for mothers of children who are differently abled and need around-the-clock care. Jana Cholakovska, refinery29.com, 26 Aug. 2021 The result: Every person on this list has a pay-it-forward mindset and is working to solve some of society’s biggest issues, including healthcare access for all, food security, rights for the differently abled, and much more. Maggie Mcgrath, Forbes, 7 July 2021 See More

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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 19 Aug. 2022.

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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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