special needs

plural noun
the special educational requirements of those with learning difficulties, emotional or behavioral problems, or physical disabilities.

special-needs, adjective
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special needs or special educational needs
pl n
a.  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
 b.  (as modifier): special-needs teachers
special educational needs or special educational needs
pl n

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Example sentences
She has helped to create some policies in her community to help families who
  have family members with special needs.
All animals have special needs that need to be met in order to live with us.
But customizable systems tailored to an individual's special needs are still
  being perfected.
Think about it, a large company has sufficient special needs to justify a full
  compliment of staff.
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