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Born This Way #BTWChat: August 16

Our first Twitter chat was held on July 26, the season’s premiere. We followed that up with another chat on international travel and dating on August 9. Join us again on August 16 for a chat on living independently and employment and every week at 9/8c leading up each episode!

Featuring Megan Bomgaars, Born This Way cast member and owner of @Megologcom!

Hosted by Lauren Appelbaum and Cara Liebowitz of RespectAbility, this Twitter chat will take a look at ideas explored in Born This Way by the young adults with Down syndrome and their parents. Following this chat, join us in live tweeting each episode of the second season, airing on A&E at 10/9c.

The first half of our #BTWchat focuses on independent living. The second half of our #BTWchat focuses on employment for people with disabilities.

Text: #BornThisWay Twitter Chat: #BTWchat, Tuesdays 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET. Then join us for livetweeting each episode of the second season immediately following the chat.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 9:00-10:00 pm ET

Don’t have cable? You can livestream the show on A&E’s app. You can find the questions for this chat in this post.

How to Participate

  • When the chat begins, search #BTWchat on Twitter for a series of live tweets:
  • Follow @Respect_Ability, @Megologycom, @LaurenAppelbaum & @spazgirl11 on Twitter.
  • Use the hashtag #BTWchat when you tweet.
  • Check out this explanation of how to participate in a chat by Ruti Regan:

Introductory Tweets for August 16 #BTWchat

  • #BornThisWay airs tonight on @AETV. Don’t miss these incredible stories at 10/9c.
  • Welcome to our Twitter chat. Please remember to use the #BTWchat and #BornThisWay hashtags when you tweet.
  • If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #BTWchat”
  • When we say PwDs or disability, we’re talking about all types of disability. Feel free to speak about specific communities #BTWchat
  • For each domain, we’ll ask for your views, stories, potential solutions, recommendations #BTWchat
  • The themes for tonight’s #BTWchat includeliving independently and employment! Get excited #BornThisWay

Questions for 8/16/16 #BTWchat

The first half of our #BTWchat focuses on independent living. #BornThisWay

  • Q1 In this episode of #BornThisWay, Sean moves closer to his goal of living on his own. What advice do you have for him? #BTWchat
  • Q2 People w disabilities often have difficulty learning life skills to live on own. Share advice for those learning! #BornThisWay #BTWchat
  • Q3 What factors of having a disability can make it harder for people with disabilities to live on their own? #BornThisWay #BTWchat
  • Q4 Many #BornThisWay cast members have family support, especially regarding learning life skills. What role does your family play? #BTWchat
  • Q5 Cristina is engaged to be married. How does marriage play into independent living for people with disabilities? #BornThisWay #BTWchat

The second half of our #BTWchat focuses on employment for people with disabilities. #BornThisWay

  • Q6 In order to live independently, #BornThisWay cast members need jobs. Why is it harder for people with disabilities to find jobs? #BTWchat
  • Q7 Sean has a job coach who helps him with his job at @HomeDepot. How has a job coach helped you or a loved one? #BornThis Way #BTWchat
  • Q8 Megan started her own business @Megologycom. How is this path an opportunity for success for people w disabilities? #BornThisWay #BTWchat 
  • Q9 As featured in #BornThisWay season 1, Rachel has an office job. What advice do you have for people w disabilities seeking jobs? #BTWchat

Closing Tweets for August 16 #BTWchat

  • This ends our #BTWchat chat. Many thanks to everyone who participated. Now let’s watch #BornThisWay!
  • Please feel free to continue the convo & livetweet the episode using #BornThisWay!
  • Let us know what you think is most surprising moment of the episode! What was the most powerful moment? #BTWchat


Meet the Author

Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the Vice President, Communications, of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities, and managing editor of The RespectAbility Report, a publication at the intersection of disability and politics. Previously she was a digital researcher with the NBC News political unit. As an individual with an acquired invisible disability - Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - she writes about the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. From entertainment professionals to presidential campaigns, journalists to philanthropists, she conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible. Behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, Appelbaum engages decision makers and creatives to improve the quality and number of authentic, diverse and inclusive presentations of people with disabilities on TV and film so audiences can see people with disabilities as vital contributors in America and around the world. She and her team have consulted on projects with Amazon, Disney/ABC Television, NBCUniversal, Netflix, and The Walt Disney Studios, among others. Appelbaum also enriches the pool of disabled talent in Hollywood by nurturing and connecting them to those who can assist with their careers, both on the creative and business sides of the industry. She is the author of The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit, which was created to help entertainment professionals to be as inclusive of people with disabilities as possible, and the creator of an innovative Lab Program for entertainment professionals with disabilities working behind the camera. To reach her, email

Respect Ability - Fighting Stigmas. Advancing Opportunities.


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