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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 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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