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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:
  • 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 23 #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 8/23/16 #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 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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