#CPChatNow- 11-28-2018

This past week the #CPChatNow Cerebral Palsy Twitter chat was bumping as always.  Members talked about their holiday wish list, what they wanted to be when they grew up, and what they feel is the worst occupation for someone with CP.  This is #CPChatNow Co-Host, Devin Axtman, taking you along for the ride on this week’s recap.

Not surprisingly, members’ holiday wish lists dominated the early conversation.  Members shared their gifts were becoming more practical as they aged.

Zach and Devin tweeted about holiday wish lists. Zach tweeted about a bright winter coat so people can see him and I shared I recently bought lights for my wheelchair

Next, members talked about what they wanted to be when they grew up as a kid.  There were definitely some amusing answers, but some also achieved their goal!

Zach tweets about wanting to be a Cleveland Indians player and then shifting his goal to becoming a writer. We talked about mourning not being able to play sports.

Zach and I had a common goal, playing baseball.  I had a little bit more lofty ambitions however, and Ayden would like to be the Leader of the Free World!

Ayden tweeted about wanting to become President

Zach asked about the occupations that members felt were the worst for people with CP. Dave shared some difficult positions he has had, a stagehand and line cook.

Zach and Dave tweet about bad occupations for people with CP. Dave tweets about stagehand and line cook being difficult on the knees

Heather won the unofficial title of Tweet of the Night with a tightrope walker being the worst occupation for someone with CP

Heather tweets that a tightrope walker would be the worst occupation

This brings us to our Extend-The-Conversation question: What was your dream job when you were growing up and did CP require you to change it?  Please share your answer in the comments and join us at #CPChatNow on Twitter at 8 Eastern each Wednesday.

The Extend-The-Conversation Question graphic. There is a tan background with a picture of a little girl daydreaming. What was your dream job when you were growing up and did CP require you to change it? is in red with the multicolored #CPChatNow logo

-Devin

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#CPChatNow Recap- 7-11-2018

A frustrated tone proved present Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 throughout the live cerebral palsy Twitter chat #CPChatNow. I am co-host Zachary Fenell, here to recap said frustration. A current event triggered the early irritation.

#CPChatNow participant Seth raises a controversy news item, banning straws.

Regular #CPChatNow participant Seth made a humorous remark insinuating environmentalists do not care about disabled people. Recently up to date on disability related news, I offered context for Seth’s tweet.

#CPChatNow participants give their thoughts on states and countries banning plastic straws.Hot topic news stemmed from Seattle banning plastic straws. Such a decision remains controversial because many with disabilities need the object my co-host Devin called a “vital tool.” I shared an article discussing the aforementioned plastic straw ban, which led to insightful conversation.

Personally, the news piece stimulated my curiosity. The coverage mentioned alternative straws, an item drawing my intrigue. Participant Wum Gin echoed sentiments that such options cannot compare to how plastic straws perform.

To the Seattle ban credit, they incorporated an exemption for disability and medical conditions. The question arose though, how do you enforce the exemption? No real answers surfaced. Instead the dialogue unraveled, leading to further disheartening issues.

A ban on straws is far from the only issue concerning to the disability community. #CPChatNow participants talk troubling disability employment statistics.

Our beloved “Resilient Wench,” Rachel, thought in some cities you can receive a $250 fine if found using a plastic straw. Devin believed those fines applied to businesses, oppose to individuals. He even commented “I don’t see how they can stop an individual person from using a straw, but who knows.” I can confirm courtesy a CNBC report the $250 fine does indeed apply to businesses, NOT the individual. Information I obtained while researching the plastic straw ban prior to publishing today’s recap.

Within the moment July 11th however, I made a joke based off South Park‘s reoccurring one liner “They took our jobs!” The quip refocused our attention to the unfunny troubles people with disabilities encounter when seeking employment. Devin provided a specific example featuring a potential job applicant and Pacific Sunwear of California. You can read the story yourself, “EEOC Sues Pacific Sunwear of California, LLC.”

Unfair employment practices especially impact women with disabilities, a factor Rachel highlighted.

Rachel notes women with disabilities confront many injustices when seeking employment.

Between the gender pay gap and employers discriminating against disabled job applicants, women with disabilities sadly confront multiple injustices in their job seeking efforts. Truly infuriating! So upsetting you might find yourself angrily shaking. Both Rachel and I recounted personal experiences where an aggravating situation left us shaking.

Rachel and Zachary discuss experiences when they became so angry, their bodies started shaking. This week's extend-the-conversation question asks, "How does getting angry affect you physically?"Do you relate? Answer for the week’s extend-the-conversation question, “How does getting angry affect you physically?” Share in the “Comments” section below.

Well, looking back I realize July 11th’s chat contained a highly negative focus. Nevertheless we talked over important matters. I think #CPChatNow thrives because we don’t let the tough subjects intimidate us. Make sure to join us every Wednesday on Twitter, starting at 8pm ET. Tweet you then!

-Zachary