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#ResolveToRespect Twitter Chat

What does respect REALLY mean?

If you want to be respected, you need to have respect for others. But can we do more than just have respect? Is there a such thing as being actively respectful? Let's chat about the answer these questions. Join our twitter chat about what it means to respect with our minds, feelings, and actions as a community of people both with and without disabilities. Everyone has a role in creating a more inclusive and respectful world. Let's take on disability and respect together in 2017 and beyond.

Mia Schaikewitz

We are proud to have Push Girls star Mia Schaikewitz join us for this chat! Mia educates and speaks publicly to promote women's
empowerment and diversity inclusion in the media, workplace, and athletics.

Mark the Date: February 16, 6 p.m. CST / 7 p.m. EST

Hashtag: #ResolveToRespect

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

Date & Time: Feb 16th at 6 p.m. CST (what is this in my time zone?)

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The Questions

  • Do you #resolvetorespect something or someone this year? How are you taking action?
  • What can parents teach kids with and without disabilities about respect in today’s society? How can parents show respect to their children with disabilities?
  • What are some actions you take when you feel disrespected?
  • Do you think respect is earned, or something everyone deserves?
  • What does respect mean if you’re dating a person with a disability? Or if you have a disability and are dating?
  • What role does respect play in our tendency to judge physical appearance and beauty?
  • How do you respect people with invisible disabilities, like mental or chronic illnesses?
  • Name one ACTION to show respect for others and create an inclusive world.
  • At Easterseals, we understand everyone is touched by disability. How will you personally #resolvetorespect your community with disability in mind?

Meet the Panel

Erin Hawley

Co-Host: Erin Hawley is the Digital Content Producer for Easterseals Thrive, a site for young women with disabilities that provides mentorship and encourages self-empowerment through online communities.

Jensen Caraballo

Jensen Caraballo is a disability rights activist, and member of a grassroots advocacy group called National ADAPT, where he engages in nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience. Jensen is also a member of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and recipient of the 2015 Diana Viets Award for his dedication and commitment to improving the lives of young people with disabilities.

Christine D'Allesandro

Christina DAllesandro is based in Portsmouth, NH and works as the NH State Director for MomsRising where she works primarily on paid family and medical leave and early learning. She previously worked at Save the Children UK advocating for children affected by HIV and AIDS. Christina is raising two amazing boys, one of which lives with a disability.

Ariel Henley

Ariel Henley is a writer from Northern California. She writes about her experience growing up with a facial disfigurement as a result of Crouzon Syndrome, as well as issues related to equality, human connection, and understanding trauma through the lens of her own experiences. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Narratively, The Establishment, and The Rumpus.

Mia Schaikewitz

Mia Schaikewitz is an award-winning designer, star of Sundance Channel’s critically acclaimed docu-series, Push Girls, and founding member of America’s first professional wheelchair ballroom dance company.

Ellen Stumbo

Ellen Stumbo is the parent of two girls who have disabilities. Ellen is a national speaker who focuses on issues pertaining adoption, faith, disability and parenting kids with disabilities. She is also the founder and director of Disability Matters, an organization with the mission to encourage every church to embrace disability. She writes for several online platforms including the Huffington Post, Focus on the Family, LifeWay, Group, and her blog

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