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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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  • 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.
  • The sick and special needs are cared for far better than anywhere else in the world.
  • Every candidate prepares to teach all kinds of students, including students with disabilities and other special needs.
  • For students with special needs, life after high school is full of possibilities, including college.
  • These avid consumers also have tons of dedicated channels and publications that are lovingly contoured to their special needs.
  • No mention of how that word mocks people with special needs and disabilities.
  • Others are custom-tailored to the special needs of customers.
British Dictionary definitions for special needs

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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