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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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  • We try to force them to follow us without regard to their special needs.

  • This list has been changed from time to time to meet the special needs of the campaign.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • One of the special needs of our day is more time for meditation and reflection.

  • The special needs of his own people aroused him to action in their behalf.

    The History of the Negro Church Carter Godwin Woodson
  • And the weightiness of these considerations is not diminished when we relate them to the special needs of the day.

    Nature Mysticism J. Edward Mercer
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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