Glossary: A

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.

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.