Glossary: A

Ally

A (typically) heterosexual person who supports members of the LGBT community.

Agender

Someone who does not identify with any gender

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the name for a range of similar conditions, including Asperger syndrome, that affect a person’s social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.

Asexual

Someone who does not experience sexual desires.

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).

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.

Affirmative Action

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

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

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

Ableism

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