is a term used in clinical diagnostic and functional development to describe individuals who require assistance for disabilities that may be medical, mental, or psychological."
"More narrowly, it is a legal term applying in foster care in the United States, (...) used to classify children as needing "more" services (...)"
: the individual requirements (as for education) of a person with a disadvantaged background or a mental, emotional, or physical disability or a high risk of developing one
ADJECTIVE:Of or relating to people who have specific needs, as those associated with a disability: special-needs housing; a special needs teacher
,special 'needs noun [pl.] (especially BrE) needs that a person has because of mental or physical problems: She teaches children with special needs.
special needs noun a term for any of several conditions that can result in someone having learning difficulties.
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2 (körperliche oder geistige) Beeinträchtigung http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behinderung
"Von einer Behinderung spricht man bei individuellen Beeinträchtigungen eines Menschen, die umfänglich, vergleichsweise schwer und langfristig sind."