Definition of differently abled in English:

differently abled

adjective

North American
  • Disabled.

    ‘we are not disabled, we are differently abled’
    ‘the oppression of the differently abled’
    • ‘Christmas dawned bright and sunny, promising loads of fun for children especially for the differently abled.’
    • ‘The differently abled singers cannot see in the physical sense, but they demonstrated that they have a vision to reach out to those looking for support from community.’
    • ‘Several differently abled children, who took part in the painting competition, were given away awards on the occasion.’
    • ‘Still, nobody expected creativity and talent to flow in a cultural festival organised exclusively for the differently abled by the District Disabled Rehabilitation Office to celebrate the World Disabled Day.’
    • ‘It spares not rich nor poor, black nor white, male nor female, able-bodied nor differently abled.’
    • ‘Needless to say, the money collected as part of the event would be spent for the welfare of the differently abled.’
    • ‘And yes, when opportunities are provided, one gets to realise why the disabled children should be called differently abled.’
    • ‘A ramp and a wheel-chair have been provided for the physically differently abled to enter the store as well as use the bathroom set up adjacent to the store.’
    • ‘It was not a marketing gimmick but an honest attempt at introducing to young users products made by differently abled people.’
    • ‘So let's talk about them, the differently abled.’
    • ‘Monday night is the traditional wheelchair night when all differently abled are guests at the club.’
    • ‘Will you expand to include differently abled children?’
    • ‘We have to provide a barrier-free environment for the differently abled.’
    • ‘And the gap between what constitutes being disabled, or differently abled, is artificially narrowed by the week.’
    • ‘The differently abled are God's most coveted children and they should not be considered a burden.’
    • ‘But, this sale was different, for it was aimed at helping differently abled persons.’
    • ‘About 800 differently abled persons took part in the events.’
    • ‘Most of the sketches of the differently abled centred round the themes of national integration and religious harmony.’
    • ‘What kind of message is that to our children about the plight of the differently abled?’
    • ‘Categories for the shorter run are 12 and under; 13-17 years; 18-40; 40 and older; 50 and older and differently abled.’
    having a disability, wheelchair-using, paralysed
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Usage

Differently abled was first proposed (in the 1980s) as an alternative to disabled, handicapped, etc. on the grounds that it gave a more positive message and so avoided discrimination towards people with disabilities. The term has gained little currency, however, and has been criticized as both over-euphemistic and condescending. The accepted term in general use is still disabled