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Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #30

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

I am mentally disordered and disabled: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Schizoid Personality Disorder, ADD, and sensory processing/integration problems.

I also have motor dysgraphia, which is a minor physical impairment.

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?

Inappropriate treatment of/reactions to my service dog; assumptions about my comfort level with physical contact.

What steps could atheist communities take to become more inclusive?

It would be really great if people could be more educated about service dogs and rules about talking to/petting/feeding them (don’t do any of the above, ever.) ADA-compliant facilities would also be nice; going out is hard enough without being entry challenged because I don’t “look disabled.”

It’s even worse when other people in the group say that.

Any other thoughts about ableism and atheism?

Mental disabiliities are often invisible, but it doesn’t make them any less disabling.

The above has been response #30 from theĀ Ableism in Atheism survey.

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