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Born This Way #BTWChat: September 6

Join our sixth Twitter chat on September 6 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.

The first half of tonight’s #BTWchat deals with Rachel’s struggle with weight issues and pre-diabetes. The second half of tonight’s #BTWchat is about Megan’s first day of work at @BestBuddies!

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 6, 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 6 #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

Questions for 9/6/16 #BTWchat

The first half of tonight’s #BTWchat deals with Rachel’s struggle with weight issues and pre-diabetes. #BornThisWay

  • Q1 During the #BornThisWay series, cast members overcome numerous fears. What tips do you have for doing so? #BTWchat
  • Q2 Rachel is struggling with weight issues & has pre-diabetes. PwDs are more likely to have weight issues. Why? #BornThisWay #BTWchat
    • Check out this resource from @NDSS on endocrine conditions & Down syndrome: #BornThisWay #BTWchat
  • Q3 What does it take to eat healthy? Rachel snacks when bored. What are better options for her? #BornThisWay #BTWchat
    • Check out this resource from @NDSS on weight management for adults with Down syndrome: #BornThisWay #BTWchat
  • Q4 How can Rachel’s mom help her with eating right while ensuring Rachel takes control for herself? #BornThisWay #BTWchat
  • Q5 What other advice do you have for Rachel & others struggling with weight issues? How do you handle this? #BornThisWay #BTWchat

The second half of tonight’s #BTWchat is about Megan’s first day of work at @BestBuddies! Congrats @Megology! #BornThisWay

  • Q6 Megan has her first day of work at @BestBuddies! How do you make a great first impression at work? #BornThisWay #BTWchat
  • Q7 Rachel had a job coach but no longer needs one. Megan currently has one. How does a job coach help at a new job? #BornThisWay #BTWchat
  • Q8 Where was your first job? #BornThisWay cast members work in an office, at @HomeDepot, at @BestBuddies, as a rap artist & more! #BTWchat
  • Q9 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 September 6 #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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