#CPChatNow Recap- 05-15-2019

Participants in the live cerebral palsy Twitter chat #CPChatNow proved anything but speechless Wednesday, May 15th, 2019. I am #CPChatNow co-host Zachary Fenell here to recap our community’s response to Speechless‘ cancellation. The subject remained the conversation’s main concentration throughout the night.

Once the topic emerged, I forwarded the extend-the-conversation question my co-host Devin Axtman originally asked in his recap for the May 8th, 2019 chat.

#CPChatNow participants discuss their favorite Speechless memories.

Devin’s had asked, “What is your favorite memory of Speechless?” Seth recalled the moment JJ met Lee, the character played by guest star Zach Anner. I praised that episode “R-U-N– RUNAWAY,” saying “that episode did wonders to show the importance of role models.” Personally though, my favorite Speechless memory differed.

Zachary and Ajani share their favorite memories of Speechless.

My favorite Speechless memory goes back to season one and the show calling out the “inspirational porn” perspective. I remembered thinking “They are going for it. Awesome!”

Meanwhile Ajani, a past guest star on the show, said his favorite memory dealt around the episode Ray tried playing basketball to win a girl. Ajani found the pain Ray went through to impress the girl believable. The more everyone talked favorite memories, the more additional memories surfaced.

Zachary and AJ continue discussing their favorite Speechless memories.

Seeing Ajani’s name made me think back to the episode he guest starred in, the season two finale “N-O– NOMINEE.” Specifically I loved the sequence involving getting JJ onstage to accept his award. Ajani commented he found that whole scene “like a page out of my life!” He proceeded to share details.

Ajani talks about how the Speechless season two finale was like "a page out of my life!"

Over the years Ajani found himself attending events at inaccessible venues. To get in Ajani relied on different people to lift him up steps. His story gave me flashbacks to a tale I heard my fellow #CPChatNow co-founders Handicap This! share before. Mike and Tim’s story entailed a multi-floor movie theater and perhaps the quickest elevator ever repaired!

Based off the abovementioned dialogue one can positively say Speechless created empathetic television. This fact raises the week’s extend-the-conversation question. “Share a Speechless scene you related to.” Do so via a comment in the “Comments” section.

Given Speechless‘ empathetic nature, there stands no surprise fans continue to actively try and save Speechless.

#CPChatNow participants discuss efforts to try and save Speechless.

One effort to save Speechless involves a change.org petition. If interested, you can sign here. Although ABC already passed on renewing Speechless, Ajani hopes the network will at least continue the series at their sister station, Freeform. Seth liked the idea, saying he wants to see a series about JJ in college on Freeform.

Regardless whether the attempts to resurrect Speechless works, a question sticks out to me.

#CPChatNow participants agree Speechless has been a success.

Curious I asked #CPChatNow if the efforts to revive Speechless go for not, would they consider the show’s run successful? Mainly I am thinking television’s future. Will Speechless influence other networks to feature shows with a prominent character who has a disability or will networks use Speechless‘ ratings as an excuse to dismiss similar shows? Nobody possessed a crystal ball to know for certain. However, participants did claim Speechless as a success.

#CPChatNow participants claim Speechless as a success for multiple reasons.

Ajani deemed the show successful, citing how Speechless wound up garnering a global reach. Paul absolutely considered the show a success, noting how “it was the first of it’s kind.” You might say Speechless holds status in television as a true pioneer! At the least, I said that!

Let us keep the Speechless conversation going at minimum one more week. Remember to answer the extend-the-conversation question, “Share a Speechless scene you related to.” Leave your answers in the comments below!

Then come by Twitter every Wednesday starting at 8pm ET to enjoy the live chat. Follow along with the hashtag “#CPChatNow.” Until then, remember. Do not blend in. Blend out!

– Zachary

This week's extend-the-conversation question asks "Share a Speecless scene you related to."
Answer below in the “Comments” section!

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#CPChatNow Recap 5-8-2019

This past week in #CPChatNow was stimulating as always as members discussed Speechless, kind deeds by friends, and the continued passage of time. This is #CPChatNow Co-Host, Devin Axtman, taking you along for the ride on this week’s recap.

First, I would like to highlight Co-Host, Zachary Fenell’s participation in the Cleveland UCP’s Race to Empower. In a cool note, he completed it with his childhood Physical Therapist.

zach with his race to empower team
zach with his childhood pt

Next, Zach asked members about a time a friend did something nice. Raisa chimed in about a friend helping her at a pub:

Next, we talked about the passage of time and how long people have spent at jobs:

i tweeted about spending 8 years at my job, zach tweeted it is his two year anniversary at the library, heather recently quit her job of 11 years to start school

Finally, members talked about the season finale of Speechless:

zach and hannah tweet about the season finale of speechless, zach said he enjoyed season 3 over 2, hannah tweeted she enjoyed the character development, but zach tweeted the development may have outgrown the show's concept
seth tweeted he got why jj lied about getting into NYU, zach said he understood the character's motives and that it inspired his graduation speech, seth tweeted he felt it is wrong

Unfortunately, Friday brought news Speechless was canceled, but I did get a like on my tweet from Minnie Driver:

minnie driver's tweet announced speechless had been canceled, i tweeted i watched the last two episodes and loved them both

This brings us to our Extend-The-Conversation Question: What is your favorite memory of Speechless?

Thanks for reading! Please join us each Wednesday at 8 Eastern at #CPChatNow on Twitter.

-Devin

#CPChatNow Recap- 05-01-2019

Much like a variety pack, the live cerebral palsy Twitter chat #CPChatNow offered quite the assortment Wednesday, May 1st, 2019. Rather than descriptive packaging though, you get me #CPChatNow co-host Zachary Fenell. I am here to recap the variation in discussion from our first May 2019 Twitter chat.

To start the dialogue, I asked participants what remained on their minds.

Participant Hailey tells about her plans to visit Amsterdam and more.

A familiar face to the chat Hailey surfaced to share her plans to visit Amsterdam. Additionally Hailey remained at work on meetings for her thesis. Factor in the five-hour time difference she now faces and you can easily understand her absence from #CPChatNow.

Another recognizable name stopped by the chat May 1st.

Jorge stops in and gives #CPChatNow a life update.

Soon to graduate Jorge popped in to give a life update. He mentioned competing in a Tough Mudder to round out his collegiate career. Meanwhile I told Jorge about my own competition coming up, a 10k for United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland’s Race to Empower.

Both a 10k and Tough Mudder offer their challenges. That leads to this week’s extend-the-conversation question. “How do you challenge yourself?” Leave your response in the “Comments.”

Challenges do not need to involve physical activity. As the chatter May 1st reminds us, various tasks can prove challenging.

#CPChatNow participants discuss the challenges of understanding scientific research.

For example, my co-host Devin Axtman and I each marveled at the intellectual challenges included in science. In-particular I theorized scientific vocabulary could intimidate. #CPChatNow’s resident scientist Timmy responded by saying “Then we failed as scientists when conveying our work to the general population.”

The entire science discussion emerged thanks to a potential focus chat idea. Stay tuned to our Twitter chat and our Facebook fan page for updates! Also remember to answer the week’s extend-the-conversation question. “How do you challenge yourself?”

Reply by commenting below! Then set a reminder to join us each and every Wednesday on Twitter, starting at 8pm ET.

Until next time, remember. Do not blend in. Blend out!

-Zachary

This week's extend-the-conversation question asks, "How do you challenge  yourself?"
Respond in the comments!