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9/27 #CripTheVote chat: Storytelling and Voting

#CripTheVote Twitter Chat

Storytelling and Voting

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

5 pm Eastern

Guest host: Rooted in Rights  

Hosted by Andrew Pulrang, Gregg Beratan, and Alice Wong, #CripTheVote Twitter chats explored various policy issues important to people with disabilities this year. Our 10th Twitter chat will take place on National Voter Registration Day and we are excited to have guest host Rooted in Rights in a conversation about storytelling and voting.

We recently partnered with Rooted in Rights and asked the disability community to share videos about their voting story and what political participation means to them. Our friends at Rooted in Rights will be featuring some videos featuring these stories us to share and enjoy.

Note: We’re using a specific hashtag for this chat, #CripTheVoteStories. Please be aware in case you forget and start using #CripTheVote!

You can find the questions for this chat in this post. The Twitter chat will be archived in Storify for anyone who would like to see it in chronological order at a later date.

How to Participate

Follow @AndrewPulrang @DisVisibility @GreggBeratan @rootedinrights on Twitter

When it’s time, search #CripTheVoteStories on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the ‘Live’ tab to follow the full conversation.

If you might be overwhelmed by the volume of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions, check @DisVisibility’s tweets. Each question will tweeted about 4-5 minutes apart.

Use the hashtag #CripTheVoteStories when you tweet. If you can’t join us on 9/27, feel free to tweet anytime before or after with the hashtag.

If you don’t use Twitter, check out the live-stream:

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

TWEETS FOR 9/27/16 CHAT, 5 pm Eastern

Welcome to our 10th chat! Please remember to use the #CripTheVoteStories hashtag when you tweet, NOT #CripTheVote

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

We are thrilled to have @rootedinrights share their storytelling expertise with us! #CripTheVoteStories

Storytelling comes in all forms (print, audio, video, visual, etc) and is an act that transmits culture & identity #CripTheVoteStories

Q1: Introduce yourself. Tell us something about your interest in #CripTheVoteStories

Q2 What makes a good story? Why do we need more disability narratives by actual disabled people? #CripTheVoteStories

Q3 What are some notable stories have you seen about disability during the Presidential election? #CripTheVoteStories

Q4 On the media’s coverage of disability issues during the election, what stories are missing? Are certain groups erased? #CripTheVoteStories

#CripTheVote partnered w/ @rootedinrights for a call for stories about political participation #CripTheVoteStories

Take a few minutes & check out these 3 short videos created by our friends at @rootedinrights! #CripTheVoteStories

Q5 What are your thoughts about the videos featuring the #CripTheVote community? Does it resonate with you? If not, why? #CripTheVoteStories

Q6 What’s your advice to disabled people on effective storytelling & getting our messages out? #CripTheVoteStories

Q7 How do we disseminate our stories to a broader audience? How can we reach wider platforms/spaces/venues? #CripTheVoteStories

Q8 How has social media changed the way you share & create disability narratives? Suggestions for first-time users? #CripTheVoteStories

Q9 What stories do you want to see more of about voting & people w/ disabilities? About disability in general? #CripTheVoteStories

Q10 How can we encourage more disabled people to tell their stories on their own terms w/ their unique voices? #CripTheVoteStories

This ends our #CripTheVoteStories chat. Many thanks to @rootedinrights & everyone who participated. Please continue the convo!

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

Rooted in Rights

Graphic with a dark blue teal background, there is a tree in the middle with branches and leaves and long extending roots below in aqua blue. Left of the tree trunk is an 'R' that is backwards also in aqua blue and to the right of the tree trunk is an 'R' that is in white.

Rooted in Rights produces videos and social media campaigns exclusively on disability rights issues. The Rooted in Rights team of filmmakers, writers, designers, and communicators includes the staff at our Seattle office, and our extended network of digital Storytellers who produce videos from locations around the world. Rooted in Rights social media sites and website are platforms for people with disabilities, self-advocates and their friends, families and allies to learn, connect and organize for change. Source:


Twitter: @rootedinrights

Instagram: @rootedinrights




Graphic with a white background. In text in rainbow colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue purple), it reads: #CripTheVote. On the right side is the graphic of a voting box with a marked ballot and the box has 4 quadrants with pictures of a wheelchair, 2 hands signing, a person using a cane and image of a person's brainResources 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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