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Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #49

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

Bipolar

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?

On reddit, atheist forum usually associates belief with a mental disorder.

What steps could atheist communities take to become more inclusive?

I think people need to be educated and experience life with a mental illness.

Response #49 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.

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Mad Pride: A Primer

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Rogi Riverstone talks about how people are marginalized for mental health conditions (real or perceived), their opinions dismissed and their choices invalidated. She also urges people to find community support for each other, to learn and share experiences with each other. View on YouTube: Mad Pride Primer
“I have to be more in control of my emotions than anyone around me. It’s not fair. You can’t scream and cry in front of them, they’ll say ‘see, she’s crazy.’ But you can scream and cry in front of us. We know you, and we can support you in supporting yourself.'”

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May 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #38

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

Undiagnosed. My psychologist thinks it may be on the autism spectrum.

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’m avoidant and do not much like face to face contact. So technically yes, but … The internet’s good for me. I’d consider it my ramp.

Now I’m worried I’m just justifying the status quo, but I really have no complaints.

What steps could atheist communities take to become more inclusive?

More general questions in blog posts to encourage rare commenters to join in.

Response #38 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.

Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #36

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

Physical.
I have several chronic conditions: Diabetes, Renal Failure (ESRD or CKD), Gastroparisis, Retinopathy, Vestibular Damage, anf am Immunosurpressed due to 2 past transplants of the kidney and pancreas.

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?

Being more aware of those with disabilities (such as limited mobility) would be my suggestion. I run our local group and of our 336 members, I am only aware of one person in a wheelchair. We have a few with restricted diets and several children affected by autism and we definitely try to be mindful and accommodating of those families. I feel that there are probably a few more people who would be more active in the group (& not just online) if we were actually aware of how we could be more inclusive. To that end, we have been conducting our own survey to ask specifically what we can do.
I have never personally seen or heard about any offensive language or derogatory statements being made.

Response #36 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.

Written by The Nerd

May 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #24

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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?

wheelchair access lacking at several meetup locations

What steps could atheist communities take to become more inclusive?

ADA compliance would be a big step. More ADA compliant businesses would be even nicer.

Response #24 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.

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May 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #17

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

Mental. OCD and Panic Disorder.

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?

Enforce a comment policy, banning those who use ableist language. ADA compliant meetings. Raise community awareness of disabilities and ableism.

The above is response #17 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.

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May 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #14

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

parent of child with disability

physical: multiple life-threatening food allergies, including contact allergy, asthma and atopic dermatitis

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 asked Minnesota Camp Quest for accommodation for my son’s food allergies and asthma a couple years ago, including my attendence at camp as a health aide, his carrying epi-pen and inhaler, a place in the kitchen to heat up pre-made meals, campers washing their hands after eating and a place for a minifridge.  He was denied access.  I was severely disappointed.  There just aren’t that many places for atheist kids to feel comfortable.

What steps could atheist communities take to become more inclusive?

Accommodate when requested.  An example, I host a meet-up for atheist women, we usually sit at bar chairs.  When a woman in a chair attended, we offered to move to a table where all of us were at a table.  Not a big deal.

Any other thoughts about ableism and atheism?

Thanks for doing the survey!

Response #14 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.