Cross-posted from Naturalistic Neurodiversity.
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?
Have seen PWDs [people with disabilities] obviously uncomfortable due to ableism
[Warning: slurs] Quotes from atheists denigrating people with autism, stories describing developmentally delayed as “man-child,” description of religion as a mental illness, use of “retarded” and “crazy/insane/lunatic/etc.” as insults, constant references to religious individuals as “lunatic” and “deluded,” etc.
What steps could atheist communities take to become more inclusive?
Definitely look for accessible buildings for any meetups, and make a point of calling out ableist language, both in the rules and just as individuals in general. It would be especially nice if prominent atheists would stop giving this language a pass, and especially stop USING IT THEMSELVES.
The above has been response #25 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.
I know some people don’t get why “crazy” and it’s synonyms are a bad idea to use as slurs against people with dangerous supernatural beliefs. I didn’t get it myself. But then I heard person after person say “you know what? this hurts me”. And after a while, I couldn’t continue telling them that their pain didn’t matter to me, or that my liberal word choice mattered more than refraining from causing harm.
For further reading, I recommend this and this (especially the second).