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Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #43

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

No.

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?

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 ūüôā

Response #43 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.

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Written by The Nerd

May 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #37

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

In the sence that I am close to totally blind, I guess that I’m disabled, however, I don’t really think of myself as a disabled person because I get out and am part of my community. I just think of myself as “just John.”

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?

I believe that ¬†disabled atheists we either get out to functions or we don’t. ¬†If a person wants to be included she/he will make the effort to get out and be part of whatever group. ¬†If, for instance a person has mobility issues it would be nice if ramps are included. ¬†I am assisted by a guide dog and have very little difficulty getting around but I understand that a wheelchair user might be limited if a facility is not wheelchair freindly.

Any other thoughts about ableism and atheism?

I am an out gay man and I am also blind.  My thoughts are that a person is whoever and whatever she/he percieves themselves to be.  There are perfectly normal persons that are more disabled than some persons that are severely limited either by mobility or sight.  Everything depends on attitude and how you percieve yourself.

Response #37 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.

Note: I don’t necessarily agree with all of the above (especially the parts that sound like The Secret) but I’m not interested in silencing the perspectives of people with disabilities either.

Written by The Nerd

May 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #8

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

No.

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?

only schedule meetups at guide-dog friendly locations.

The above is response #8 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.

This is actually something I haven’t thought of, but a very good idea. Within the USA, guide dogs are allowed anywhere their human owners are allowed, by law (it’s part of the ADA). In other countries, some places may very well be allowed to refuse access to service animals. That doesn’t mean that every place is friendly for dogs, however. Places which are cramped or have no place for a dog do hir business aren’t as welcoming. Also, keep in mind that service animals are not just for blind people, but also for any number of disabilities, including invisible ones (such as epilepsy).