Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #55
Do you consider yourself to be a person with a disability?
Mental; working diagnosis dysthymic disorder.
Have you (or do you personally know someone who has) felt out-of-place or limited your involvement with an atheist community because of disability-related situations?
What steps could atheist communities take to become more inclusive?
Call out ableism where you see it. Encourage people who are disabled and are comfortable being public about it to be public. Apply skepticism to mental health claims (both SCAM stuff and “depressed people need to think more positively!”)
Any other thoughts about ableism and atheism?
Rationality/skepticism are very important to me in fighting my mental illness. I had to learn to rigorously check claims like “everyone hates me” and not just take it on intuition or faith.
Response #55 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.