#CPChatNow Recap- 5-22-2019

This past week in #CPChatNow was busy as always. Members discussed their support system, issues with transportation companies and graduation, and more. This is #CPChatNow Co-Host, Devin Axtman, taking you along for the ride on this week’s recap.

It’s graduation season! Members shared their experiences and difficulties with graduation due to accessibility issues. Chris shared her graduation is at a baseball stadium and Blake shared he was able to successfully navigate his ceremony. I shared my difficulties at my ceremony, but also on a happy note some improvements that were made.

Zach and i discuss my graduation difficulties. zach shared he stayed off to the side in the procession as well because of stairs which caused a girl to knock off her graduation cap seeing him

Next, members talked about issues with transportation, Uber and Lyft and also paratransit. There have been continuing issues with accessing Uber and Lyft for disabled people. This conversation stemmed from an Uber driving refusing to pick up a wheelchair user and Lyft being in an ADA lawsuit and arguing they are not a transportation company.

zach shares an uber driver refused to pick a wheelchair user, i shared lyft said they are not a transportation company in an ADA lawsuit, chris confirmed they consider themselves a tax company

Chris shared she had a continuing wait for paratransit today per usual. Zach shared his hesitancy to sign up for paratransit because of the need to see a neurologist who he hasn’t seen in years.

zach shared he thought of applying for paratransit but he would need to see a neurologist. i tweeted that i felt a doctor could provide that info and zach agreed

Next, members talked about support systems. Chris shared her disability support system has helped her in numerous ways.

chris shared she gets support from her disability community and she is trying to pay it forward

This brings us to our Extend-The-Conversation Question. Let’s talk about support systems. Zach shared in the chat his support system helped him accomplish his goal of being a marathoner. What is the biggest thing your support system has helped you accomplish?

the extend-the-conversation question of what is the biggest thing your support system has helped you accomplish? extend-the-conversation is in green with #cpchatnow in white text on a green background on the bottom. multi-colored #CPChatNow logo on the upper right hand corner
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#CPChatNow Recap- 01-11-2017

Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech and accessibility remained among popular topics discussed during #CPChatNow Wednesday, January 18th, 2017. I am co-host Zachary Fenell here with the highlights. Enjoy the following.

Shortly after our usual Wednesday evening greetings, community regular Hamda Jamal turned our attention to Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech. Specifically she retweeted a reaction to Streep’s speech.

#CPChatNow participants discuss Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech.Like the above screenshot shows reactions addressed the stereotype which views a person with a disability as helpless. A topic we talked about in the past both via our weekly Twitter chats and monthly Google Hangouts. Regarding the latter, interim co-host Devin announced our January 2017 Google Hangout date.

Join #CPChatNow for a video chat via Google Hangouts Thursday, January 26th starting at 8pm ET.Meanwhile I sparked much dialogue by asking a question on accessibility.

Community members of #CPChatNow share what accessibility means to them.Blemi acknowledged many physical barriers to accessibility. Others who answered addressed accessibility more generally.

More #CPChatNow participants share their thoughts on what accessibility means/looks like.Personally, the different responses intrigued me. See, the topic lingered within my mind since I began participating in another disability related Twitter chat, #AXSChat.

Co-host Zachary Fenell explains why he asked about accessibility.Since I am still curious and I am the one writing today’s recap, I am making an executive decision. I declare¬†“What does accessibility mean/look like to you?” the week’s extend-the-conversation question.

Leave your reply in the “Comments” section. Please too share across the disability population. Let us compile responses from a diverse group! The value in reaching across different disability communities emerged while I told others more about #AXSChat.

Co-host Zachary Fenell tells #CPChatNow about #AXSChat.Like Shira, I also agreed with Devin‘s comments “the disability community too often goes into our own corners.” I encourage anyone from #CPChatNow to join #AXSChat (if your schedule allows). #AXSChat takes place Tuesdays at 3pm ET. For more information visit their website, axschat.com.

In the meantime make sure you join #CPChatNow tonight at 8pm ET. We will confirm details for our January focus chat. Additionally double check you marked your calendar for #CPChatNow’s January 2017 Google Hangout Thursday, January 26th. Contact Devin or I to inquire about receiving the invite. Finally, remember to answer the week’s extend-the-conversation question.

This week's extend-the-conversation question asks "What does accessibility mean/look like to you?"“What does accessibility mean/look like to you?”

Comment below to answer. Thank you for reading the weekly recap.

Sincerely,

-Zachary

 

#CPChatNow Recap- Concert Going with Cerebral Palsy

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 #CPChatNow’s own Jocelyn led July’s focus chat on concert going with cerebral palsy. I am co-host Zachary Fenell ready to rock the recap. No cover charge needed! Just sit back and enjoy.

As the discussion started flowing, Jocelyn’s credentials became quite evident.

Jocelyn posseses the credentials to lead a focus chat on concert going with cerebral palsy.While fun, concert going with cerebral palsy can prove physically challenging. Such challenges multiple people addressed.

Jocelyn asks about the most physically challenging concerts community members attended.Yasmin discusses her most physically challenging concerts.Co-host Zachary Fenell's answer leads Jocelyn to suggest contacting concert venues about accessibility.If you do not hear back from the venue or musician, Jocelyn named a last resort option.

Jocelyn offers a last resort tip for inquiring about venue accessibility.Before proceeding with the recap, how about you chime in? Answer the following for the week’s extend-the-conversation question. “What’s the most physically challenging show you attended?” Reply in the “Comments” section.

Moving on, my co-host Blake Henry sparked dialogue by asking Jocelyn a question.

Co-host Blake Henry asks Jocelyn about the best part of going to concerts.Throughout the night Jocelyn emphasized reaching out to inquire about accessibility options. A point she echoed again in her final comments.

Jocelyn gives her final comments to wrap up #CPChatNow's concert going with cerebral palsy focus chat.Answer "What's the most physically challenging show you attended?"Hopefully you found the insights recapped here helpful. Remember you can still add to the discussion. Take a moment to answer the extend-the-conversation question.

“What’s the most physically challenging show you attended?”

Like always, leave your response in the “Comments” section below!

Talk with you later.

-Zachary

#CPChatNow Recap- 01-13-2016

Welcome to #CPChatNow’s very own website!

Zachary here to bring you the recap for the January 13th, 2016 #CPChatNow chat. There remains a reason Wednesday after Wednesday our community takes to Twitter and participates in the live chat #CPChatNow. There just exists a comfort in relating to others.Take cold weather for example.

Cold weather can be extra challenging for someone with cerebral palsy.Battling the winter cold stands a challenge for many with cerebral palsy. So let us use this week’s extend-the-conversation question to share strategies. Answer “How do you fight the cold?” Respond in the “Comments” section.

Moving on another comfort our community provides involves bonding over accessibility frustrations.

#CPChatNow participants discuss frustrations dealing with accessibility.The aforementioned comforting and bonding proves very valuable. Said sentiments establish a community where one feels safe to open up. Thus the reason I could without hesitation ask about embarrassing falls.

#CPChatNow share stories about embarrassing falls.Anyone interested in learning more about the fall I mention should checkout my CP memoir¬†Off Balanced. Before you go though, remember to answer the extend-the-conversation question. “How do you fight the cold?”

Leave your answer in the “Comments” section below!

Thanks for reading,

Zachary