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Born This Way Season 3 Finale #BTWChat, July 18

Featuring Sandra Assimotos McElwee, mom of Born This Way cast member Sean – @purpose2inspire

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, July 18, 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

Introductory Tweets for 7/18 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 #BornThisWay during #BTWchat!

Questions for 7/18/16 #BornThisWay Chat

  • #BTWchat Q1. There’s been a lot of criticism of both Megan & Steven on social media. Do you think that is appropriate? #BornThisWay
  • #BTWchat Q2. Lots of new couples this episode – Rachel & Robert and Elena & Dominic. What advice do you have for them? #BornThisWay
  • #BTWchat Q3. Megan has her own business: @Megology. Why is it important for ppl w/ disabilities to be able to be entrepreneurs? #BornThisWay
  • #BTWchat Q4. An ABLE account allows Megan to save money without losing her benefits. How is this a gamechanger for PwDs? #BornThisWay
  • #BTWchat Q5. What advice do you have for teaching financial literacy to young adults with disabilities and their parents? #BornThisWay
  • #BTWchat Q6. What advice would you give to a future parent expecting a child with Down syndrome? #BornThisWay
  • #BTWchat Q7. How does seeing people on TV with disabilities like #BornThisWay make you feel about your own disability?
  • #BTWchat Q8. What types of shows, besides reality TV like #BornThisWay, do you want to see people with disabilities represented in?
  • #BTWchat Q9. #BornThisWay shows diversity of people w/Down syndrome. How important is it that POC with disabilities are portrayed in media?
  • #BTWchat Q10. Do you think any stigma or perceptions about disabilities in society have changed as a result of #BornThisWay?


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

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