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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

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

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