Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #43
Do you consider yourself to be a person with a disability?
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?
Awareness is the first step. Meetings at accessible places, facilities for disabled people, polite pointing out of ablest language – idiom is a strong force, and just as sexist language is often a matter of ingrained idiom I suspect ableist language will be also. People shouldn’t be vilified for well intentioned mistakes, though those who become assholes when challenged are fair game 🙂
Response #43 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.