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Born This Way #BTWChat: September 13

Join our seventh Twitter chat on September 13 at 9/8c!

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.

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, September 13, 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

Introductory Tweets for September 13 #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

Questions for 9/13/16 #BTWchat

  • Q1 How does seeing #BornThisWay cast members succeed in their life goals help you work toward doing the same? #BTWchat
  • Q2 What creative outlets have you found to help you succeed and manage anxiety? #BornThisWay #BTWchat
  • Q3 Party settings can cause additional anxiety. What advice do you have for dealing with this? #BTWchat
  • Q4 Do you think any stigma or perceptions about disabilities & mastering life skills have changed as a result of #BornThisWay? #BTWchat
  • Q5 How do you handle a situation when some friends are dating and others have yet to experience a relationship? #BTWchat
  • Q6 What additional relationship (friendship & romantic) challenges do people with disabilities have? #BornThisWay #BTWchat
  • Q7 Do you think the portrayal of relationships in #BornThisWay is accurate? #BTWchat
  • Q8 Do you think seeing people with disabilities on TV in everyday life situations like #BornThisWay will become more common? #BTWchat
  • Q9 What types of shows, besides reality shows like #BornThisWay, do you want to see people with disabilities represented in? #BTWchat

Closing Tweets for September 13 #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

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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