#CPChatNow Recap- 02-13-2019

Occasionally the live cerebral palsy Twitter chat #CPChatNow encounters quieter nights. The February 13th, 2019 chat ended up as one such occasion. Nevertheless there still remained enough to highlight and package into your weekly recap. To do so I, co-host Zachary Fenell, am here.

Like previously mentioned, the evening started off slow.

Seth compares the activity in #CPChatNow to that of Sears.

After awhile #CPChatNow regular Seth joked that the chat felt emptier than a Sears. His comment brought out my co-host Devin Axtman. Devin admitted to thinking the day was Tuesday. Oops!

Someone who I knew would miss the chat included long-time regular Hannah. In fact Hannah asked I share a message from her.

As asked by Hannah, Zachary shares Hannah's regrets for needing to miss the night's chat.

Earlier in the day Hannah underwent surgery. Although she wanted to join the fun, she found herself too exhausted. Extremely understandable, if you ask me.

Therefore while waiting to see who else might stop by, Seth and I used the time to discuss a common interest beyond cerebral palsy.

While waiting for others to join #CPChatNow, Zachary and Seth discuss pro wrestling.

An ability to bond over topics besides cerebral palsy shows a deep connection within our community. For Seth and I we discussed professional wrestling. Major League Baseball (MLB) represents another non-related cerebral palsy common interest multiple people inside our community share.

When the chat began picking up, MLB discussion emerged. However, this time the dialogue held ties to cerebral palsy.

#CPChatNow participants give their thoughts on Major League Baseball renaming the "Disabled List" to "Injured List."

To confess, I brought up the MLB subject. Recent news coverage by ESPN’s Jeff Passan intrigued me. Passan reported the sports juggernaut renaming their “Disabled List,” the “Injured List.” Long-time regular Jen greeted the news without much enthusiasm.

Similarly, I personally never found the phrasing a problem. Yet I also cannot argue against MLB’s reasoning. Passan quoted a MLB memo explaining “The principal concern is that using the term ‘disabled’ for players who are injured supports the misconception that people with disabilities are injured and therefore are not able to participate or compete in sports.”

Devin agreed alongside my thoughts. What about you? Answer for the week’s extend-the-conversation question, “How do you feel about MLB renaming the disabled list, the injured list?” Answer in the “Comments.”

Elsewhere #CPChatNow co-host Jorge Otezia shared a different current news development.

Jorge linked to a press release announcing a merger between the Reaching for the Stars Foundation and The Cerebral Palsy Foundation. You can bet in the coming months we at #CPChatNow will keep you informed regarding the merger and the impact had throughout the cerebral palsy community. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for that.

Prior to going to Facebook to like our page, remember to answer the week’s extend-the-conversation question. “How do you feel about MLB renaming the disabled list, the injured list?”

This week's extend-the-conversation question asks, "How do you feel about MLB renaming the disabled list, the injured list?" Answer by commenting.
Answer in the “Comments.”

Answer below via a comment. Then go like our Facebook page. Finally, mark your calendar and come join #CPChatNow each and every Wednesday on Twitter, starting at 8pm ET.

Until then, remember. Don’t blend in. Blend out!



#CPChatNow Recap- Cerebral Palsy TV Focus Chat

Many thanks to technology the cerebral palsy community continues growing stronger, a fact evident during our most recent focus chat. I am #CPChatNow co-host Zachary Fenell, ready to tell you about Cerebral Palsy TV’s (CPTV) visit to #CPChatNow. Reaching for the Stars (RFTS) Foundation board member and CPTV founder Brad Searle tweeted from the @CerebralPalsyTV handle. An early question helped us learn more about Brad.

Cerebral Palsy TV shares their purpose.Questions flowed in almost continuously, indicating many felt excited. Also curiosity regarding where to find CPTV remained present.

Brad Searle shares what platforms CPTV is available on.Reaching for the Star board member Brad Searle explains CPTV is available worldwide through Roku.The dialogue soon turned to the content available on CPTV.

What you can expect to see on CPTV!Please note Reaching for the Stars just launched CPTV in September 2016. So as time goes on, you can expect new content added. Actually the in-progress content library offered focus chat participants a unique opportunity. The chance to voice what they want to see on Cerebral Palsy TV!

#CPChatNow participants get to voice what they want to see on CPTV!Perhaps you wish to voice your opinion, but you missed the chat. Worry not! The week’s extend-the-conversation question supplies you a second chance. Answer “What would you rather see on Cerebral Palsy TV? Inspiration? Support? True Life? Technology?”

Leave your response in the “Comments” section. Make sure to share any specific content recommendations with CPTV directly.

CPTV leaves instructions on how to make specific content recommendations.Get in touch with Brad via the Cerebral Palsy TV Twitter account or the Reaching for the Stars Facebook page. Recommend content and even inquire how you can assist. Follow the example set by members in our community.

Hamda volunteers to translate CPTV content to Arabic. Devin and Hannah want to get involved with CPTV too.All in all the Cerebral Palsy TV focus chat appeared beneficial for everyone who participated. I know Brad deemed the night a success. How do I know? Afterwards he went live on Facebook with these comments.

Personally, I found the night among the top highlights in my near three years co-hosting #CPChatNow. I truly believe CPTV can become a central resource for the cerebral palsy community. Watching ambitious members in our #CPChatNow community offer their help, filled me with great pride. #CPChatNow and CPTV both work to bring the CP community together. Coming together makes us all stronger. Remember to build on said strength by answering the extend-the-conversation question.

Answer for this week's extend-the-conversation question- What would you rather see on Cerebral Palsy TV? Inspiration? Support? True life? Technology?“What would you rather see on Cerebral Palsy TV? Inspiration? Support? True life? Technology?”

Respond in the “Comments” section below. For specific content recommendations contact Brad via the Cerebral Palsy TV Twitter page or Reaching for the Stars Facebook page.

Finally, thank you for making #CPChatNow an excellent community. We thrive thanks to you.


ANNOUNCEMENT: October 2016 Focus Chat Details

Cerebral palsy causes challenges and uncertainties for those with the condition, plus their families. As #CPChatNow co-founder and co-host I, Zachary Fenell, fill with pride whenever someone says our community helped him or her. #CPChatNow remains amongst the growing tools available easing the aforementioned challenges and uncertainties. Another such tool our community will enjoy learning about very soon, Cerebral Palsy Television (CPTV).

Yes! You read that correctly. Now there exists a channel dedicated entirely to cerebral palsy. Reaching for the Stars (RFTS) created the video on demand resource. CPTV became available on Roku in September 2016. The channel will soon expand to Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV too. An exact time frame on those you could ask about yourself! Since I am pleased to announce RFTS board member Brad Searle will join us Wednesday, October 12th for a focus chat on Cerebral Palsy Television!

Wednesday, October 12th #CPChatNow get inside insights on Reaching for the Stars' latest project, Cerebral Palsy Television (CPTV)Personally, I am psyched Brad will join us. CPTV possesses incredible potential. So many wonderful cerebral palsy resources remain out there. Yet finding them can prove hard. CPTV compiles together many. Suddenly there stands one central stop for cerebral palsy information.

A look around Cerebral Palsy Television leads you to information about equipment, robotics for therapy, and a lot more. I can easily imagine CPTV becoming a parent’s go-to source. Not to mention transform us with cerebral palsy into even better self-advocates!

Wednesday, October 12th provides a fantastic chance for us in the #CPChatNow community to learn about CPTV. Coinciding we can voice our opinions, expressing what content we want added to Cerebral Palsy Television. What a win-win!

Prepare for October 12th by checking out CPTV on Roku. Go through the content currently there. Jot down notes on whatever grabs your attention. Then ready your questions for Reaching for the Stars’ Brad Searle. Or if unable to view CPTV, read Brad’s story on the World CP Day website.