#DisabledWomenLead Twitter Chat

We explored how women with disabilities can take on leadership roles in their lives, including in the work place. Check out the recap below!

About Thrive

Inclusion in the workplace is more than just accommodations and accessibility. It’s about culture. We invite you to bring your stories and experiences either in the workplace, or building your own business or looking for employment. No matter where you are in finding a career or your passion in life, we want to hear from you!

Check out the recap!

Hashtag: #DisabledWomenLead

Hosts: Easterseals Thrive (@ability2thrive) & Easterseals (@easter_seals)

Date & Time: November 16 at 7pm EST (what is this in my time zone?)

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Featured Guests

White woman with Down Syndrome, her hair up and stylized in a very ostentatious, fashionable way

Madeline Stuart (@Madeline_Stuart) became the world's first supermodel with Down Syndrome in 2015, and is a powerful advocate for inclusiveness and diversity in modeling. Madeline has modeled all over the world, including New York Fashion Week, Runway Dubai, and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week China, and Paris Fashion Week. She was named Model of the Year for 2016 by World Fashion Media. In early 2017, she debuted her own fashion line, 21 Reasons Why. For more info, you can visit her website and follow her on Facebook.

A black woman with short hair smiles, behind her is shrubbery

Keah Brown (@Keah_Maria) is a writer and journalist. Her work has appeared in Teen Vogue, Essence, Harper's Bazaar, ESPNW, Lenny Letter, and more. She also created the #DisabledAndCute viral movement on Twitter.

A latinx woman with long hair and glasses looking squarely at the camera

Jen Venegas (@SkinnedKneesnet) is a queer Chicana femme living in Los Angeles. She is a lifestyle blogger and small-business owner; she suffers from chronic depression and anxiety, and is six years in recovery from an eating disorder. She loves horror movies, plants, and her three cats.

A white presenting woman with short brown hair, a child on her lap

Jessica Jones (@LSfortheblind) has been the Art Teacher and Lavelle School for the Blind since 2006, where she develops plans for creative projects and has created a number of successful student-driven art exhibits for students ages 5 to 21. Jessica has a close connection with all her students and is a role model, as she is blind herself.

The Questions

Note that we may not get to all of these questions during the chat.

  • What would be your ideal workplace environment?
  •   Do you feel like society prevents you from reaching your employment goals/dreams?
  • Where/what industry would you like to see more disabled women in leadership positions?
  • What are the barriers disabled women might face when going for a leadership position?
  • What are some other ways women lead, outside of employment?
  • Who is a leader you look up to or who inspires you to be a leader yourself? If you can, tag them!
  • How can we, as individuals and as a society, support young disabled women in employment?
  • Why is the importance of having a supportive network of other disabled women?
  •  How can disabled women start their own businesses/brands? What resources are out there?
  •  How has technology changed the way disabled women connect and/or work?
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