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Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #63

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

Depression/anxiety, also executive function learning disability, and a mild non verbal learning 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?

No

What steps could atheist communities take to become more inclusive?

Things like only meeting at ADA complient places would help, but the best thing I can think if is making ableism more of a priority. Have talks about it, and it’s origins, and how to combat it. The skeptics movement is all about combating misinformation, and there is a lot of misinformation about disabilities out there. Without educating people about what ableism is first, I’m not sure how helpful merely banning ableist language would be, but calling people out when it comes up would definitely help, the same way atheists, even straight ones call out homophobic behavior. Things like making blogs compatible with programs blind/visually impaired would help, considerig how much of our community is online. Same with text for pictures/videos, and transcripts or interpreters for conferences.

Response #63 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.

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Written by The Nerd

July 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

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