Disability and people with disabilities - synonyms or related words
the loss of the ability to control the movements your body makes
the blind adjective
people who cannot see
unable to do particular things without difficulty because of being disabled in some way
a condition in which someone is not able to use a part of their body or brain properly, for example because of an injury
someone who is disabled is unable to use part of their body or brain properly because of injury or disease
the disabled adjective
people who are disabled. Some people consider this word offensive and prefer to use the expression ‘people with disabilities’.
formal a condition in which someone is not able to use a part of their body or brain properly because of injury or disease
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
the handicapped adjective
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.
the handicapped adjective
old-fashioned people who are disabled. This is now considered offensive and it is more polite to say people with disabilities.
if your body’s ability to do something is impaired, you are not fully able to do it
the fact that a part of your body is unable to do something fully
a physical or psychological problem that affects how well someone can do something
used for describing someone who is disabled because their leg or foot is damaged. This word is now considered offensive.
locked-in syndrome noun
a condition in which a patient is awake and aware but cannot move or speak because almost all the muscles in the body except for the eyes are paralysed
old-fashioned not able to speak
offensive someone who is not able to speak
unable to move your body or part of it, usually because of an injury or illness
the loss of the ability to move your body or a part of it, usually because of an injury or illness
physically challenged adjective
disabled in a way that prevents you from using part of your body properly
someone who is quadriplegic has an illness or injury that makes them permanently unable to move their body below their neck
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.
special education noun
educational services for people with disabilities and people who have difficulty learning at the usual rate
special needs noun
the particular needs of people who have physical or mental disabilities
the Special Olympics
a series of international sports competitions for people who have learning difficulties
an official report from an LEA about a child who has special needs relating to their development or behaviour
a chair with large wheels that someone who cannot walk uses for moving around