Three Reasons to Say “Disability” Instead of “Special Needs”

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Three Reasons to Say “Disability” Instead of “Special Needs”*

By Meriah Nichols

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Meriah Nicols is a counselor, solo mom to three (one with Down syndrome, one on the spectrum). Deaf and neurodiverse herself, she’s a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.

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