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Born This Way Season 3 #BTWChat, June 20

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, June 20, 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 6/20 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 6/20/16 #BornThisWay Chat

  1. #BTWchat Q1. Cristina moves into her own house on this episode of #BornThisWay. What advice do you have for her living independently?
  2. #BTWchat Q2. What advice do you have for parents whose adult children with disabilities are living independently for 1st time? #BornThisWay
  3. #BTWchat Q3. Megan wants to have a boyfriend & find a husband. What relationship challenges exist for people with I/DD? #BornThisWay
  4. #BTWchat Q4. What advice do you have for parents who want to teach their adult children with I/DD about sex? #BornThisWay
  5. #BTWchat Q5. How do you share your concerns about exploitation & ensure sexual safety? #BornThisWay
  6. #BTWchat Q6. Do you treat your children with I/DD differently than other children when talking to them about sex? #BornThisWay
  7. #BTWchat Q7. Party settings can cause anxiety. What advice do you have for dealing with this? #BornThisWay
  8. #BTWchat Q8. How does #BornThisWay differ from other reality TV shows like #KUWTK when it comes to portraying romance?


Meet the Author

Lauren Appelbaum
Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the communications director 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. Appelbaum currently oversees RespectAbility’s outreach to Hollywood to promote positive, accurate, diverse and inclusive media portrayals on TV and in film. To reach her, email

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