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Born This Way #BTWChat: September 20

Join our eighth Twitter chat on September 20 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.

During tonight’s #BTWchat, we take a look at achieving dreams! The first part focuses on Cristina’s dance competition & John’s new rap star successes. The second part focuses on Megan’s love life triangle with Brendan and Steven.

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 20, 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 20 #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
  • During tonight’s #BTWchat, we take a look at achieving dreams!

Questions for 9/20/16 #BTWchat

The first part of tonight’s #BTWchat focuses on Cristina’s dance competition & John’s new rap star successes. #BornThisWay

  • Q1 Why is it important for people with disabilities to compete against non disabled people? #BTWchat #BornThisWay
  • Q2 Is there ever a time when competition against other people w/ disabilities (instead of non-disabled) is beneficial? #BTWchat #BornThisWay
  • Q3 How should non-disabled people view people w disabilities succeeding in competitions? How to avoid inspiration porn? #BTWchat #BornThisWay
  • Q4 John’s dream is to be a rapper & he gets closer this week. How important is it to have role models in the arts w disabilities? #BTWchat
  • Q5 What advice do you have for Cristina as she heads into her competition & John as he heads to the recording studio? #BTWchat #BornThisWay
  • Q6 And what advice for you have for parents of children with disabilities who are afraid of their children failing? #BTWchat #BornThisWay
  • Q7 Will John succeed as a rapper? Will Cristina make it onto @DancingABC? @NyleDiMarco did! #BTWchat #BornThisWay

The next part focuses on Megan’s love life triangle with Brendan and Steven! #BornThisWay #BTWchat

  • Q8 Long-distance relationships are tough for all people. Do people with disabilities have additional challenges? #BTWchat #BornThisWay
  • Q9 Previously Steven only dated “typical girls.” How is this a big deal for Steven to now crush on Megan? #BTWchat #BornThisWay
  • Q10 Who do you think Megan ends up with? Brendan or Steven? Why? #BTWchat #BornThisWay

Closing Tweets for September 20 #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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