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people who are disabled. Some people consider this word offensive and prefer to use the expression “people with disabilities”.
old-fashioned permanently unable to speak. This word is now usually considered offensive. The more usual word is speech impaired.
old-fashioned a physical or mental injury or illness that is severe and permanent. This word is now considered offensive and it is more polite to say that someone has a disability
old-fashioned someone who is handicapped has a permanent injury, illness, or other problem that makes them unable to use their body or mind normally. This word is now considered offensive and it is more polite to say that someone is learning disabled, visually impaired, hearing impaired, or simply disabled.
old-fashioned people who are disabled. This is now considered offensive and it is more polite to say people with disabilities.
a physical or psychological problem that affects how well someone can do something
affected by a medical condition such as dyslexia or dyspraxia that causes difficulties with reading, spelling, and some other basic skills
offensive an old-fashioned word for someone who has not developed mentally as much as most other people of the same age. This word is now considered offensive.
educational services for people with disabilities and people who have difficulty learning at the usual rate
the particular needs of people who have physical or mental disabilities
a series of international sports competitions for people who have learning disabilities
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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earnersadd a word
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