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5/9 #DisabledMamas Twitter Chat

Graphic with light blue background and black text that reads: #DisabledMamas Twitter Chat, Rooted in Rights & Disability Visibility Project®, May 9, 2018, 7 pm Eastern/ 4 pm Pacific, @rootedinrights @DisVisibility. On the left is an illustration of a baby carriage in black. On the right is an illustration of 2 baby footprints in black.
Graphic with light blue background and black text that reads: #DisabledMamas Twitter Chat, Rooted in Rights & Disability Visibility Project®, May 9, 2018, 7 pm Eastern/ 4 pm Pacific, @rootedinrights @DisVisibility. On the left is an illustration of a baby carriage in black. On the right is an illustration of 2 baby footprints in black.

#DisabledMamas Twitter Chat

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

4 pm Pacific / 7 pm Eastern

In partnership, Rooted in Rights and the Disability Visibility Project® invites you to participate in a Twitter chat about disabled parenting in celebration of Mother’s Day this year. All people are welcome to participate, in particular disabled parents, guardians, foster parents, grandparents, children of disabled parents and prospective parents. Non-parents are welcome too!

How to Participate

Follow @RootedInRights and @DisVisibility for updates and during the chat.

If you might be overwhelmed by the volume of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions, check @DisVisibility’s account. The questions will be pinned at the top. Each question will tweeted 5-6 minutes apart.

Check out this explanation of how to participate in a Twitter chat by Ruti Regan: https://storify.com/RutiRegan/examplechat

Check out this captioned ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc
https://www.facebook.com/HEARDDC/videos/1181213075257528/

Introductory Tweets and Questions

Welcome to the #DisabledMamas Twitter chat co-hosted by @RootedInRights and @DisVisibility! If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #DisabledMamas”

Even though Mother’s Day is coming up, all people are welcome to participate in this chat in particular disabled parents, guardians, foster parents, grandparents, children of disabled parents and prospective parents. Plus non-parents! #DisabledMamas

Q1 For the parents who are joining us today, please share your story on how you became a parent and what the process was like as you became parents? Reactions from friends, family, acquaintances? #DisabledMamas

Q2 Whether you adopted, had children biologically or via surrogacy, or through the decision of the court, what types of discrimination and barriers do disabled people face from healthcare providers, social services, or the legal system in becoming parents? #DisabledMamas

Q3 What are the joys and lessons you learned as a disabled parent? Is the right to be a parent a human right? #DisabledMamas

Q4 What stories and media do you want to see featuring disabled parents? What’s missing in the narratives of parenthood that exclude the disability experience? #DisabledMamas

Q5 What are the major misconceptions and assumptions about disabled parents and their ability to parent ‘safely’ and ‘competently’? #DisabledMamas

Q6 What are some adaptations, equipment, and strategies you used as a disabled parent that helped you parent your child, regardless of age? #DisabledMamas

Q7 What resources are available to help disabled parents learn about their legal rights and connect with one another? What are examples of supportive services that can help disabled parents manage the activities and responsibilities of parenting? #DisabledMamas

Q8 How does race, socioeconomic status, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and immigration status (among others) factor in adoption, custody or visitation cases of disabled parents? #DisabledMamas

Q9 For the people in this chat who are thinking of becoming parents, what are your concerns and questions? #DisabledMamas

Thank you for being part of today’s #DisabledMamas Twitter chat with @DisVisibility & @rootedinrights. For more on Rooted in Rights: http://www.rootedinrights.org/

For more about the Disability Visibility Project®: https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/

 

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