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Able - bodied: Someone who isn’t disabled.

Alt text: Alternative Text is a short written description of an image to ensure an image is accessible to all.

BSL: British sign language is a way in which many deaf people and their friends and family communicate through symbols with their hands called signs.


Co - Morbidities: Conditions caused by or alongside another condition.Comorbidity often describes the effect of all conditions on a patient rather than the primary condition a consultant may be looking at.

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Depressive disorder: A mood disorder with persistent feeling of very low mood, worthlessness, a lack of excitement or motivation enjoyment in daily activity, suicidal thoughts referred to as clinical depression .

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome/ EDS: EDS Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is a group of rare genetic connective tissue disorders with 13 subtypes. Categorised by hypermobile joints, doughy or fragile skin but other symptoms can include chronic fatigue, stiffness and bladder & bowel issues. Each type varies in severity and as to how rare it is. 


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Fibromyalgia: Categorised by chronic widespread pain, brain fog, extreme tiredness, IBS.

Hemiplegic Migraine: A type of migraine which presents similarly to a stroke .

Panic disorder: A severe anxiety disorder whereby you experience sudden feeling of fear or panic, symptoms can include: nausea, hyperventilation, chest pain, fainting, hot flushes, dry mouth, tingling limbs.


Hypermobility syndrome/ Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder: Hypermobile joints effects around 10% of people, they are joints which extend beyond the normal range of motion.


Beighton score assessment for hypermobile joints.

IBS/ Irritable Bowel Syndrome: IBS is a common bowel condition in which patients suffer from either chronic diahorrea or constipation, bloating, pain.

Immune system: A complex network of cells, tissues, organs that help the body fight infesctions and other diseases.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder OCD:

recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively.


POTS- Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome: An abnormality of the functioning of the autonomic nervous system. POTS affects blood pressure and heart rate and can cause orthostatic intolerance (Syncope/fainting and dizziness upon sitting or standing). Palpitations, shortness of breath, blood pooling, tiredness, brain fog, blurred vision.

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Reasonable adjustments:

‘Employers must make reasonable adjustments to make sure workers with disabilities, or physical or mental health conditions, are not substantially disadvantaged when doing their jobs.’


Spoonie: A chronically ill person who lives their life by the spoon theory.

Spoons: Units of energy, ‘spoonies’ are chronically ill people who follow the spoon theory to save energy and manage fatigue

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Syncope: Fainting


Tourette's Syndrome: Tourette’s Syndrome is a neurological condition which is categorised by involuntary movements, words or sounds, up to 85% of people with TS will also experience co-occurring conditions such as OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)  anxiety disorders or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder),

Migraine- A complex disabling brain condition with a variety of symptoms including a piercing headache, sensitivity to light, slurred speech and sickness. There are several types of migraine.

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