Glossary

Ableism

Discrimination against persons with mental and/or physical disabilities; infrastructure that favour able-bodied individuals.

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

A group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

Affirmative Action

Proactive policies and procedures for remedying the effect of past discrimination to ensure equal opportunities for all.

Al-Amira

The al-amira is a two-piece Islamic veil. It consists of a close fitting cap, usually made from cotton or polyester, and a tube-like scarf.

Arthritis

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint. The two most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (when the body’s immune system targets affected joints).

Asexual

Someone who does not experience sexual desires.

Autism

Autism is a developmental disability that effects the way a person communicates, understands communication and experiences the world around them. Autism is a spectrum condition; autistic people experience similar difficulties and traits but to varying degrees.

BAME

An acronym used to denote Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic individuals and communities.

Bigender

Denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity encompasses two genders.

Bipolar

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a condition that affects your moods, which can swing from one extreme to another.

Bisexual

Not sexually attracted to one gender; attracted to both men and women.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), or body dysmorphia, is a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance. These flaws are often unnoticeable to others.

Burka

The burka is a one-piece veil that covers the face and body, often leaving a mesh screen to see through.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is the name for a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and co-ordination, caused by a problem with the brain that occurs before, during or soon after birth.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a long-term illness with a wide range of symptoms. The most common symptom is extreme tiredness.

Classism

Prejudice against people belonging to a particular social class.

Conscious Bias (also known as explicit bias)

A positive or negative inclination or prejudice towards a person, group, especially in a way considered to be unfair.

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is a lifelong condition in which parts of the digestive system become inflamed.

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