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Born This Way #BTWChat: August 23

Join our fourth Twitter chat on August 23 on independent living and employment at 9/8c!

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 Sean & Steven moving out and living independent of their parents. The second half of our #BTWchat focuses on Megan’s job interview and 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 23, 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: https://twitter.com/hashtag/btwchat?f=tweets&vertical=default
  • 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: https://storify.com/RutiRegan/examplechat

Introductory Tweets for August 23 #BTWchat

  • #BornThisWay airs tonight on @AETV. Don’t miss these incredible stories at 10/9c. https://youtu.be/W1QRQCd_BAU
  • 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 8/23/16 #BTWchat

The first half of our #BTWchat focuses on Sean & Steven moving out and living independent of their parents. #BornThisWay

  • Q1 In this episode of #BornThisWay, several cast members start living independently. What advice do you have for them? #BTWchat
  • Q2 Steven & Sean become roommates. What are the pros & cons of having a roommate vs living alone? #BTWchat #BornThisWay
  • Q3 Sean’s able to live independently with help from a HUD voucher. What other resources are available? #BTWchat #BornThisWay
  • Q4 How can a supported living services staff member facilitate independent living for adults with disabilities? #BTWchat #BornThisWay
  • Q5 Elena prefers to live in a group over living alone. How can a group home be beneficial for those who want one? #BTWchat #BornThisWay
  • Q6 What advice do you have for parents whose adult children with disabilities are living independently for first time? #BTWchat #BornThisWay

The second half of our #BTWchat focuses on Megan’s job interview and employment for people with disabilities. #BornThisWay

  • Q7 Megan has a job interview in this #BornThisWay episode. What advice do you have for her? #BTWchat
  • Q8 How does a lead employment consultant help people with disabilities learn how to conduct an interview? #BTWchat #BornThisWay
  • Q9 In the last episode, Sean’s job coach helped him at @HomeDepot. What role can a job coach help with employment? #BTWchat #BornThisWay
  • Q10 A central theme of #BornThisWay is employment for people with disabilities. What can be changed to make it easier to find jobs? #BTWchat

Closing Tweets for August 23 #BTWchat

  • This ends our #BTWchat chat. Many thanks to everyone who participated. Now let’s watch #BornThisWay!
  • Please feel free to continue the convo and answer more #BTWchat questions as the next episode of #BornThisWay begins.
  • Liked #BTWchat? Don’t forget to livetweet the episode using #BornThisWay – starting now!
  • 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 VP, Communications and Entertainment & News Media, of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so all people with disabilities can fully participate in every aspect of community. As an individual with an acquired nonvisible disability – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy – she works at the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. She regularly conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible for entertainment executives throughout the industry. Appelbaum partners with studios, production companies and writers’ rooms to create equitable and accessible opportunities to increase the number of people with lived disability experience throughout the overall story-telling process. These initiatives increase diverse and authentic representation of disabled people on screen, leading to systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities. She has consulted on more than 100 TV episodes and films with A&E, Bunim-Murray Productions, NBCUniversal, Netflix, ViacomCBS, and The Walt Disney Company, among others. She represents RespectAbility on the CAA Full Story Initiative Advisory Council, Disney+ Content Advisory Council, MTV Entertainment Group Culture Code and Sundance Institute’s Allied Organization Initiative. She is the author of The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit and the creator of an innovative Lab Program for entertainment professionals with disabilities working in development, production and post-production. She is a recipient of the 2020 Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award for this Lab. To reach her, email [email protected]

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