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Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #10

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Do you consider yourself to be a person with a disability?

A combination of both [mental and physical]. Mentally,  I am diagnosed with Major Depressive disorder, Recurrent and Severe, Anxiety, and am likely to also have ADHD, but it is undiagnosed. Physically, I have Sleep Apnea, Morbid Obesity, COPD, Diabetes, and Arthritis in my hip.

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?

Yes. I live on Staten Island. NY City Atheists meet in various locations in Manhattan. It’s not so much of an issue of building access for me, it is time and distance to travel by public means, which is difficult for me.

What steps could atheist communities take to become more inclusive?

I’d like to see a Staten Island chapter, but know few Atheists on Staten Island. It also becomes a matter of viable locations and money, if usage fees occur.

Any other thoughts about ableism and atheism?

Online communities go a long way to inclusion, but lack personal interaction. Also, access is incumbent on one’s access to a computer and the internet.

I hope this was helpful.

Response #10 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.

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