Join Easter Seals Thrive for an Interactive Twitter Chat About the Representation of Disabilities in Mass Media

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“Getting Real About Disability in Mass Media” #pwdinmedia

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WHAT: Easter Seals Thrive, a community based mentorship program that empowers young women with disabilities to achieve their goals and independence, is hosting a live Twitter chat about the role of disabilities in mass media.

“Getting Real About Disability in Mass Media” is part of a monthly series aimed at sparking a dialogue about what it means to be a young woman living with a disability while navigating adulthood.

Participants are encouraged to join the conversation at using the hashtag #pwdinmedia.

WHO: This month’s panel will feature three experts in the disability and media space:

•Erin Hawley: Founder of and critic of comics, TV shows, games, and movies from the point of view of a woman with a disability

•Corinne Duyvis: Author of “Otherbound” and team member of #weneeddiversebooks

•Annette Dawm: A self-taught filmmaker and writer who was recently featured on Ashton Kutcher’s blog, APlus

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 29, 2 p.m. CST

WHY: Thrive was created in Boston by a group of women to address a growing need for support of young women with disabilities as they transition into adulthood.

Monthly Twitter chats are possible through the national expansion of Thrive’s digital community. Thrive’s digital presence gives millions of women an opportunity to utilize the life experiences and advocacy from one another, no matter their location. Digital mentor interaction is coordinated through email, video-chat and phone.

In addition to mentoring and Twitter chats, Thrive encourages young women to interact with one another through their active social media community, book club and a series of Google Hangouts.


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