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Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #36

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

Physical.
I have several chronic conditions: Diabetes, Renal Failure (ESRD or CKD), Gastroparisis, Retinopathy, Vestibular Damage, anf am Immunosurpressed due to 2 past transplants of the kidney and pancreas.

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?

No.

What steps could atheist communities take to become more inclusive?

Being more aware of those with disabilities (such as limited mobility) would be my suggestion. I run our local group and of our 336 members, I am only aware of one person in a wheelchair. We have a few with restricted diets and several children affected by autism and we definitely try to be mindful and accommodating of those families. I feel that there are probably a few more people who would be more active in the group (& not just online) if we were actually aware of how we could be more inclusive. To that end, we have been conducting our own survey to ask specifically what we can do.
I have never personally seen or heard about any offensive language or derogatory statements being made.

Response #36 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.

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Written by The Nerd

May 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm

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