Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #61
Do you consider yourself to be a person with a disability?
I struggle with anxiety disorders: Mental disorders, including anxiety issues, PTSD, and OCD.
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’ve friends with autism that feel uncomfortable when others find out, and others with anxiety issues that prevent them from public interaction. My anxiety issues have kept me from attending several public events. There are some older people especially with hearing problems that don’t go out because they cannot hear anything.
What steps could atheist communities take to become more inclusive?
Ensure that some of the meetup environments are conducive to communicating when you have hearing issues. Make sure there are different types of meetups for the variety of members your organization has- from outgoing to introverted, and create an active online community so people that are indisposed or anxious feel included.
Any other thoughts about ableism and atheism?
Thank you for this, it’s a great topic we need to approach, especially as religious people are shutting out the differently abled.
Response #61 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.