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Why We Say 'Disability,' Not 'Special Needs' - The Mighty Explains

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“Special needs.” It’s a phrase you’ve probably heard a million times. Special needs kids, special needs parents, special needs schools.

The term is everywhere — but in recent years, the disability community has spoken out, asking people to stop saying “special needs” and calling for replacing this now-outdated language.

As a media website and community that centers the voices of people with disabilities and health conditions, The Mighty phased out the use of “special needs” in edited, published articles beginning in 2017.

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