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Born This Way Season 3 #BTWChat, May 23

Hosted by Lauren Appelbaum (@laurenappelbaum) of RespectAbility (@Respect_Ability), this Twitter chat will take a look at ideas explored in #BornThisWay by the young adults with Down syndrome and their parents.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 10:00-11:00 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

  • When the chat begins, search #BTWchat on Twitter for a series of live tweets: https://twitter.com/hashtag/btwchat?f=tweets&vertical=default
  • Follow @purpose2inspire@Respect_Ability & @LaurenAppelbaum on Twitter.
  • Use the hashtag #BTWchat when you tweet.
  • Check out this explanation of how to participate in a chat by Ruti Regan: https://storify.com/RutiRegan/examplechat

Introductory Tweets for 5/23 Twitter Chat

  • #BornThisWay continues tonight on @AETV. Don’t miss these incredible stories tonight 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
  • Please share other thoughts as we also livetweet the first two episodes of #BornThisWay during #BTWchat!

Questions for 5/23/16 #BornThisWay Chat 

  • Q1. Why can it be difficult to talk about your own disabilities with friends? #BornThisWay #BTWchat
  • Q2. Why is it important for people with disabilities to have mentors with their same disability? #BornThisWay #BTWchat
  • Q3. Why is it important for parents to have mentors who have children with the same disability? #BornThisWay #BTWchat
  • Q4. Sean’s parents considered conserving (becoming guardians) but ultimately chose not to. What are your thoughts? #BornThisWay #BTWchat
  • Q5. Rachel dreams to be an actress, but actors with disabilities are underrepresented. Why do you think this occurs? #BornThisWay #BTWchat
  • Q6. Sean’s Baha implant is working “easy peasy.” How has technology assisted with your disability? #BornThisWay #BTWchat
  • Q7. Do you think the portrayal of relationships in #BornThisWay is accurate? #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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