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Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #66

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

Depression, severe arthritis, bilateral hearing loss

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?

It’s very difficult for me to hear in large crowds or noisy forums. And I can’t walk like I used to.

What steps could atheist communities take to become more inclusive?

There’s really not a lot they could do except ensure there are escalators and elevators around. And it would be great to provide quiet areas for conversations.

Response #66 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.

Written by The Nerd

July 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #10

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

A combination of both [mental and physical]. Mentally,  I am diagnosed with Major Depressive disorder, Recurrent and Severe, Anxiety, and am likely to also have ADHD, but it is undiagnosed. Physically, I have Sleep Apnea, Morbid Obesity, COPD, Diabetes, and Arthritis in my hip.

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?

Yes. I live on Staten Island. NY City Atheists meet in various locations in Manhattan. It’s not so much of an issue of building access for me, it is time and distance to travel by public means, which is difficult for me.

What steps could atheist communities take to become more inclusive?

I’d like to see a Staten Island chapter, but know few Atheists on Staten Island. It also becomes a matter of viable locations and money, if usage fees occur.

Any other thoughts about ableism and atheism?

Online communities go a long way to inclusion, but lack personal interaction. Also, access is incumbent on one’s access to a computer and the internet.

I hope this was helpful.

Response #10 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.