In partnership with the Disability Organizing Network, the Disability Visibility Project® will be organizing and hosting a series of Twitter chats for Californians with disabilities about civic participation, community organizing, and disability rights.
Join us for our first Twitter chat about current disability issues on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 3-4 pm Pacific. We want to hear what you care about in your local community and region. We also want to learn more about statewide concerns and how everyone can become involved and informed.
Everyone is welcome to participate but please know the conversation will be focused on California issues. There are links below on how to participate in a Twitter chat if this is your first time.
Full disclosure: the DVP is a paid consultant for this series of chats.
The CFILC Disability Organizing Network is a statewide disability advocacy network of 28 Independent Living Centers and the communities they serve. In each center there is a full time staff person devoted to increasing civic participation through community organizing, education and advocacy around issues that affect the Disability Communities.
The Disability Visibility Project® is a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture founded by Alice Wong. Check out the Disability Visibility podcast for episodes about disability issues and culture: https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/podcast-2/
How to Participate
At the time of the chat, click on the ‘Latest’ tab for the hashtag #DOnetwork. This will show you the questions and everyone’s responses in real time.
If you are overwhelmed by the amount of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions and respond to them, check @DisVisibility’s account. The questions will be Tweeted every 5-6 minutes.
Here is a link for people who are new to Twitter on starting an account and how to use it: https://help.twitter.com/en/new-user-faq
Here’s an article about how to participate in a Twitter chat: https://www.adweek.com/digital/how-to-join-a-twitter-hashtag-chat/
Check out this captioned ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc
Introductory Tweets and Questions for the Chat:
Welcome to the #DOnetwork chat on disability issues and organizing strategies! This chat is co-hosted by @DOnetworkorg and @DisVisibility. Full disclosure: @DisVisibility is a paid consultant for this chat.
Remember to use the #DOnetwork hashtag when you tweet. If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #DOnetwork”
Everyone is welcome to participate in the #DOnetwork chat but please know the conversation will be focused on California-related issues.
Q1 Please introduce yourself and where you are located (if you want). If you are with an Independent Living Center (ILC), let us know which one! #DOnetwork
Q2 What does civic participation mean to you? How is it related to disability advocacy? Why is it important that people with disabilities become involved in our democracy and civil society? #DOnetwork
Q3 What are some issues facing the you as a person with a disability in your town/region? What concerns you at the local level for the disability community? #DOnetwork
Q4 If you identify as an advocate or activist, how do you connect and mobilize with others? What networks and organizations do you count on for information and leadership? How do you reach folks outside of the disability community? #DOnetwork
Q5 What organizing strategies do you use when mobilizing people on a particular issue? What is the role of ILCs in community organizing? #DOnetwork
Q6 What works and doesn’t work from your experiences with community organizing? How do we bring in more people, both disabled and non-disabled, in our advocacy efforts? #DOnetwork
Q7 What are some broader political issues facing all Californians that have a huge impact on the disability community but aren’t seen as ‘disability issues’? Why do you think that is? Are all issues disability issues? #DOnetwork
Q8 What’s your advice to people who want to learn more about disability rights and history? How can we help one another connect and share what’s happening in our communities? #DOnetwork
This concludes our #DOnetwork chat on disability issues and legislation. Join us in September for our next chat with California gubernatorial candidates. Please continue the convo!
And don’t forget to sign up to the #DONetwork for the latest news and events including our future Twitter chats: https://disabilityorganizing.net