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7/24 #CripTheVote Twitter Chat: Disability, Violence & Public Policy

#CripTheVote Twitter Chat

Disability, Violence & Public Policy

Sunday, July 24, 2016

5:00-6:00 pm EST

Hosted by Andrew Pulrang, Gregg Beratan, and Alice Wong, #CripTheVote Twitter chats explored various policy issues important to people with disabilities this year. For our eighth Twitter chat, we discuss the relationships between disability, violence, and public policy.

You can find the questions for this chat in this post. For some stats and related articles, check out the links below.

In our upcoming chat, violence can encompass the following (and is not limited to):

  • Hate speech
  • Bullying, harassment, abuse (emotional, physical, verbal, social)
  • Microagressions, non-physical violence
  • Physical harm, injuries, pain, and death
  • Forced treatment, restraint, isolation
  • Deprivation and the withholding of services, access, and equipment
  • Institutional and policy-related violence on disabled people

By no means are we experts on violence, but this is an opportunity for us as a community to highlight the issues and stories that matter to us.

This Twitter chat will be archived in Storify for anyone who would like to see it in chronological order at a later date.

This chat may be triggering so please practice self-care. Feel free to take breaks during the chat and ask for help and support if you are distressed.

How to Participate

When the chat begins, check out the live-stream:

or search #CripTheVote on Twitter for a series of live-tweets.

Follow @AndrewPulrang @DisVisibility @GreggBeratan on Twitter

Use the hashtag #CripTheVote when you tweet. If you can’t join us on 7/24, feel free to tweet anytime before or after with the hashtag.

Check out this explanation of how to participate in a chat by Ruti Regan:

Introductory Tweets for 7/24 Twitter Chat

Welcome to our 8th chat! Today, please remember to use the #CripTheVote hashtag when you tweet.

If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripTheVote

Few notes: ‘violence’ in this chat is used broadly, not only about physical force, injury, or death. #CripTheVote

Violence can be insidious, subtle, long-term, or a single incident. It can happen anywhere, anytime. #CripTheVote

For this chat, we’ll talk about violence in terms of certain domains or spheres where they can take place #CripTheVote

We won’t be able to cover all forms of violence or every issue, but we hope it’s a start to a longer discussion. #CripTheVote

When we say ‘disabled people’ we’re talking about all groups. Feel free to speak about specific communities #CripTheVote

For each domain, we’ll ask for your views, stories, potential solutions, recommendations #CripTheVote

If you become distressed or triggered, please engage in self-care and take a break. Sending you all crip hugs in advance! #CripTheVote

Questions for 7/24/16 #CripTheVote Chat

Q1 What are the most important issues regarding violence that concern you as a disabled person? #CripTheVote

Q2 What are some damaging & ableist misconceptions about disabled ppl that perpetuate violence? #CripTheVote

Q3 Any discussion of violence must include white supremacy, intersectionality & inequality. Agree/Disagree? Why? Thoughts? #CripTheVote

When we refer to White Supremacy we are referring to a system of racial oppression NOT organizations like Nazis & the KKK. #CripTheVote

Q4 Have you experienced violence of any kind as a disabled person in public spaces (ex: microaggressions, hate speech/crimes)? #CripTheVote

Q5 Interpersonal violence (families, friends): Impact on disabled ppl? Changes you want to see? Solutions? #CripTheVote

Q6 Violence by caregivers & service providers: Impact on disabled ppl? Changes you want to see? Solutions? #CripTheVote  

Q7 Violence in educational settings (schools/campus): Impact on disabled ppl? Changes you want to see? Solutions? #CripTheVote

Q8 Violence in healthcare settings & institutions (hospitals, prisons, nursing homes): Impact? Changes/solutions? #CripTheVote

Q9 Violence by law enforcement & agents of the state (ex: TSA, police): Impact on disabled ppl? Changes? Solutions? #CripTheVote

Q10 Training & awareness can only go so far. What are the cultural/policy/systemic changes needed to prevent violence? #CripTheVote

Q11 What resources and tools do disabled people have at their disposal to respond to violence in their lives? #CripTheVote

Q12 What do you demand from policymakers & elected officials on this issue? New laws? Data, funding, research? Other?  #CripTheVote

Community-based approaches such as transformative justice is one way to address violence & its roots: #CripTheVote

Restorative justice is another example that involves community-based solutions to violence & conflict #CripTheVote

These approaches shift “justice as harming” to “justice as healing” and repairs harm by including everyone’s voices #CripTheVote

Q13 How do you define ‘justice’ when it comes to violence toward disabled people? What can be done when the state & law fails? #CripTheVote

This ends our #CripTheVote chat. Many thanks to everyone who participated. Please feel free to continue the convo!

This Twitter chat will be archived in Storify later this evening. Look for the link with the hashtag #CripTheVote


AVID (Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities) Prison Project  

Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf

Crime Against Persons With Disabilities, 2009–2013 – Statistical Tables (National Crime Victimization Survey)

Violence against adults and children with disabilities (World Health Organization)

The Invisible Hate Crime

2012 National Survey on Abuse of People with Disabilities The First Report: Victims and Their Families Speak Out

ASAN (Autistic Self Advocacy Network) Comments on FDA’s Proposed Ban of Electric Shock Devices  

Disabled cancer patient slammed to the ground by TSA guards, lawsuit claims

What is the current state of the law regarding the use of police force against people with psychiatric disabilities?

How Police Can Stop Shooting People With Disabilities

Does the disability community need a documentary on police brutality from a retired disabled Black cop?

Disabling Incarceration: Connecting Disability to Divergent Confinements in the USA   

Nevada prisons discriminate against inmates with disabilities, HIV, Justice Dept. says   

Texas accused of ignoring mentally disabled in nursing homes  

Little Oversight in Restraint Practices in Special Education  

Myth vs. Fact: Violence and Mental Health

#CripTheVote Links

Resources on voting and people with disabilities:

#CripTheVote Facebook Page:

A note on language and why we use the term ‘crip’


#CripTheVote is a nonpartisan campaign to engage both voters and politicians in a productive discussion about disability issues in the United States, with the hope that Disability takes on greater prominence within the American political landscape.

While #CripTheVote is a nonpartisan project, we understand that many people have already developed preferences for particular candidates. This is great–we only ask that everyone is respectful in their interactions with each other. Our primary focus here is on increasing engagement with disability issues as a part of American politics and on the need for that we are all in agreement!
Please note we do not represent the entire disability community nor would we ever claim to do so. There are many ways to create social change and engaging in conversation is one approach.

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