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special needs

plural noun
1.
the special educational requirements of those with learning difficulties, emotional or behavioral problems, or physical disabilities.
Related forms
special-needs, adjective
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special needs

plural noun
1.
  1. the educational requirements of pupils or students suffering from any of a wide range of physical disabilities, medical conditions, intellectual difficulties, or emotional problems, including deafness, blindness, dyslexia, learning difficulties, and behavioural problems
  2. (as modifier): special-needs teachers
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