differently abled


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

differently abled

adj.
Physically or mentally disabled.
Usage Note: The term differently abled is sometimes used as a substitute for disabled or handicapped. Differently abled emphasizes the fact that many people with disabilities are quite capable of accomplishing a particular task or performing a particular function, only in a manner that is different from or takes more time than that of people without the disability. On the other hand, differently abled is often criticized as an awkward euphemism and in some cases may be taken as offensively condescending by disabled people themselves. Like challenged, it is used most frequently in academic, government, and social service environments; its use outside those contexts may be problematic.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
"Differently Abled Man" was penned by Lisa Satira Brozek, for her son, Christopher.
ISLAMABAD: Human Rights Minister, Dr Shireen M Mazari Friday said that government was committed to ensure the rights of every citizen including differently abled people in order to bring them in the mainstream.
ISLAMABAD -- Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen M Mazari has said that we are committed to ensure the rights of every citizen including the rights of differently abled people and to bring them in to the mainstream.
'We are working on creating awareness about the laws, especially for people who are differently abled. The ministry has prepared a law on differently-abled people which is lying in the standing committee of the parliament,' she added.
ISLAMABAD -- Human Rights Minister, Dr Shireen M Mazari Friday said that government was committed to ensure the rights of every citizen including differently abled people in order to bring them in the mainstream.
KARACHI -- Special Assistant to CM Sindh on Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Syed Qasim Naveed Qamar has said that Nature has given so many qualities to the differently abled youth and no doubt they are second to none in talents.
Known as "We Able," the initiative aims to have Zain classified as inclusive for people who are differently abled by 2022.
Over the next few days, students with Autism Spectrum Disorder from PORDAC NGO (Protection of the Rights of Differently Abled Children) will join as Trainee Interns in the coveted Paint division of Nippon Paint.
Islamabad 13 March 2019 Delivering on the promise of inclusion for all segments, DigiSkills.pk - a national program training Pakistanis in marketable skills in the wake of fourth industrial revolution - organized an information session for the differently abled persons to provide them the opportunity to be financially independent.
It also targets making a real, touching life change for the differently abled on the ground, through working on activating the legislations dedicated to people with different disabilities.
In order to empower people with intellectual disabilities and others who are differently abled, the Omani Academy for Special Skills, was launched on Monday at Oman Down Syndrome Association under the auspices of H E Dr Yahya bin Badr al Ma'awali, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Social Development.