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Word of the Day: Disability

Jul 26, 2019 | The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day | 0 comments

dis-a-bil-i-ty / ˌdisəˈbilədē
1.      a physical or mental condition that impairs, interferes with, or limits a person’s ability to perform certain tasks
It’s not the disability that defines you; it’s how you deal with the challenge the disability presents you with.
Jim Abbott, 1967-
2.      a disadvantage
A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.
William Arthur Ward, 1921-1994
3.      legal incapacity; lack of legal qualification to do something
Knowledge and liberty are so prevalent in this country, that I do not believe that the United States would ever be disposed to establish one religious sect and lay all others under legal disabilities.
Oliver Wolcott, 1726-1797
4.      a program that provides financial support to a person with a mental or physical condition that limits their ability to perform certain tasks
Scandinavians spend 15 percent of their gross national product ondisability.
Steven C. Hayes, 1948-
5.      the state or action of being limited due to a physical or mental condition
My disability exists not because I use a wheelchair, but because the broader environment isn’t accessible.
Stella Young, 1982-2014

Thank you for including the Dictionary Project in the good work you do in your club.  In my club, we have provided Dictionaries for third-grade students for enough years that now we are having former students help us to present dictionaries each year.  They are often returning to the same classrooms that they were third-grade students.  Teachers plead every year for us to NEVER quit this valuable project.  They tell us that students NEED paper books to learn to read, to learn to do research and to do independent study.  Please send me pictures of your presentations and tell me about your visits to the schools to give dictionaries to the students. To be included in our newsletter you can send me your stories at

By PDG Scott McLaughlin

District Governor 2019-2020
PDG Scott is currently serving as an Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 29 (Region 36). Scott is a member of the Paul Harris Society and Major Donor.Scott is a Rotarian in the Kearney Dawn Rotary Club of Kearney, NE

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