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Born This Way #BTWChat: August 9

Our first Twitter chat was held on July 26, the season’s premiere. Join us again on August 9 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 @Megologycom’s first international speaking gig in Trinidad. The second half of our #BTWchat focuses on Sean’s blind date while traveling to Las Vegas with his friends.

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 9, 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 9 #BTWchat

  • #BornThisWay airs tonight on @AETV. Don’t miss these incredible stories tonight 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 include international traveling and dating! Get excited #BornThisWay

Questions for 8/9/16 #BornThisWay Chat

The first half of our #BTWchat focuses on @Megologycom’s first international speaking gig in Trinidad. #BornThisWay

  • Q1 Girls of #BornThisWay travel to Trinidad with @Megologycom. How is traveling internationally different for ppl w disabilities? #BTWchat
  • Q2 What challenges exist for people with physical & other disabilities when traveling via airplane? #BornThisWay #BTWchat
  • Q3 How do you handle learning new customs, traditions and laws of different countries when adapting is not easy? #BornThisWay #BTWchat
  • Q4 Disability is viewed differently around the world. How does that impact where you feel comfortable traveling? #BornThisWay #BTWchat
  • Q5 What advice do you have for caregivers traveling with family member or a friend with a disability? #BornThisWay #BTWchat

The second half of our #BTWchat focuses on Sean’s blind date while traveling to Las Vegas with his friends. #BornThisWay

  • Q6 Sean spent the first season looking for love. This week he goes on a blind date. What advice do you have for him? #BornThisWay #BTWchat
  • Q7 How does real life dating compare to what you see on #BornThisWay and in the movies and on TV? #BTWchat
  • Q8 Many #BornThisWay cast members want to get married. What relationship challenges exist for people w/ intellectual disabilities? #BTWchat

Closing Tweets for August 9 #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

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 LaurenA@RespectAbility.org.

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