differently abled, physically challenged vs disabled : Common Errors in English

About differently abled, physically challenged vs disabled

These rather awkward euphemisms for “disabled” have attracted widespread scorn and mockery. They have achieved some limited currency, but it’s generally safer to use “disabled.”

disabled Meaning(s)

  • (n) people collectively who are crippled or otherwise physically handicapped
  • (s) incapable of functioning as a consequence of injury or illness

disabled in News

  1. School for disabled accused of running sweatshop

    Justice Department finds disabled students at R.I. school were paid little or nothing while working long hours in "sheltered workshop"
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CBS News

  2. Disabled Americans May Have Better Care Thanks to One Lawsuit

    Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, it is considered discrimination to “segregate” disabled people in nursing homes or other traditionally institutional settings. Yet in 1998 a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of 1,800 people with developmental disabilities, where plaintiffs claimed that disabled people were being improperly cared for in 290 nursing homes around the state ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Injury Board

  3. Disabled Vets Will Soon Participate in Unique Rehabilitation Program

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Disabled military veterans will soon participate in a unique rehabilitation program thanks to a new partnership.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: WKBW-TV Buffalo

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