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Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #33

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

Diagnosed with PTSD and Panic Disorder, both controlled pretty well with medication at this point.

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?

I know fellow atheists whose interactions with other atheists have been strained, or worse, by the second groups use of terms the first group considered bigoted.  Conflicts arise between those who want to put sensitivity of terminology as a high priority, above freedom to say what they wish, and those who view things in the opposite way.

What steps could atheist communities take to become more inclusive?

The two groups don’t seem quite ready to compromise just yet, and I don’t think this can be forced.  It’s going to take time.  “Comment policies” would turn people off.  Only persuasion will work in the desired manner.

The above has been response #33 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.

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