You’re invited to join us on twitter every Wednesday evening at 8:00 pm EST/7:00 pm CST for an hour long chat about all things Neurodivergence!
This is an inclusive chat, so everyone’s welcome, regardless of neurodiversity or disability. However, this chat will most likely focus more on invisible challenges rather than visible disabilities.
There are a few simple rules to follow:
- Include the #AbilityChat hashtag in your tweets, so we can see your responses easily.
- Each question will be started with a Q1, Q2, etc, so please put an A with the corresponding number (A1, A2, etc) before your answer, so we know which question you’re answering.
- Respect different opinions – we come from all walks of life, so we won’t always agree on all points. This is a safe place, and while disagreements will happen, there’s no room for bullying or abuse.
- Enjoy yourselves!
This Week’s Questions
Q1 Have you ever had trouble finding insurance/state aid to pay for neurodivergent or disability related expenses?
Q2 What are some unique expenses you’ve had to field for your neurodivergence or disability?
Q3 Were you able to get any financial assistance for neurodivergence or disability related expenses? If so, how?
Q4 Do you find medication helps manage negative symptoms of your ND/D? Or do they not help?
Q5 How do you feel about cure based language for neurodivergences like autism and dyslexia? Is it necessary?
Q6 Are there any common illnesses related to your neurodivergence or disability? Do you have personal experience with them?
Feel free to submit questions before or after chat with the hash tag, e-mail them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, leave them in a comment on this page or just fill out the below feedback form. If e-mailing, please put “Ability Chat Question Suggestions” in the subject line.
Tips & Other Chats
One of the drawbacks to twitter is that it can be hard to keep up with the chat.
- Take your time! The beauty of using a hashtag is the ability to go back and read over what was already posted later on. There’s nothing wrong with replying to questions after the chat is finished.
- Use an app like TweetDeck and dedicate a column to #AbilityChat. That way, you’ll be able to keep up without needing to sort through unrelated tweets.
- Turn off phone notifications and posts to Facebook or other social media accounts. Once the chat gets going, the phone can be a distraction, and your Facebook followers may not appreciate seeing a one sided chat. (Though, if they also have twitter, feel free to invite them!)
In fact, they’re what inspired me to start #AbilityChat, since they take place in the middle of the workday US time.