#CWIncludeMe2 Persons with Disabilities Participation, Inclusion and Rights MATTER! Twitter Chat

On Friday 17th March 2017 from 1.00pm to 2.00pm London Time, Include Me TOO and the Commonwealth Youth Council are hosting a Twitter Q&A with guests. The discussion aims to discuss and raise awareness of the issues we need to address to ensure persons with disabilities participation, inclusion and rights are recognised and supported. We will be discussing how can this be achieved within the planning and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) around the globe.

We welcome everyone to take part in this discussion! We hope to provide a platform during the discussion to share experiences and solutions across the globe.

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Include Me TOO and the Commonwealth Youth Council joined together to deliver the ‘Commonwealth Include Me 2’ project to increase the participation, inclusion and rights of disabled young people globally.

We will be discussing:

  • increasing the involvement of disabled young people in the planning and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)
  • promoting disability rights, inclusion, equality, awareness and understanding
  • strengthening participation and voices of disabled young people as change makers
  • What matters to persons with disabilities and how can we achieve these

How our Twitter Q&A will work

Be sure to follow @includemetoo and @Official_CYC on Twitter. All questions will be posted by the @IncludeMeTOO Twitter account.

Hashtags: We will be using two hashtags #CWIncludeMe2 #LeaveNoOneBehind for this discussion. In each response copy in both @includemetoo and @Official_CYC

We will be tweeting eight questions over the hour, but please feel free to take your time answering these. All questions are available in advance below.

Format of Q&A

If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow the format: “A1 [your message] #CWIncludeMe2  #LeaveNoOneBehind

In this case, Q1 stands for Question 1 and A1 stands for Answer 1.

The hashtag will allow us to see your responses, and the number means we know which question you are answering. However, if you find it easier, feel free to quote retweet with your answer.

You might be overwhelmed by the volume of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check @IncludeMeTOO account. Each question will tweeted about 7 minutes apart.

For an explanation of how to participate in a Twitter chat, please check out this useful example by Ruti Regan here.

Check out this captioned ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc by clicking here.

Questions

Feel free to prepare your answers in advance, but please only post these once we have asked the questions on Friday 17th March 2017.

Q1:   Please introduce yourself however you feel comfortable and reason for joining.

Q2:   What are the main consistent barriers for disabled persons participation and inclusion and why is it key to have young disabled people’s involvement in SDG’s?

Q3:   Disabled role models and positive exposure of disabled persons in mass media not only breaks down barriers to acceptance but makes disabled persons more visible as equal valued members of society.

Do you have any good examples in your countries you can share of disabled persons inclusion in mass media?

Q4:   How can we ensure inclusive and fair quality education which promotes lifelong learning opportunities for disabled persons is given due attention within the planning and implementation of SDG 4?

As ever child regardless of additional needs or requirements deserves a chance to reach their full potential.

Q5:   Which areas need to be addressed regarding the additional disadvantages disabled girls and women experience in particular when working towards their inclusion in the Gender Equality agenda? SDG 5

Q6:   SDG 8 promotes inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. However disabled persons continue to experience discrimination in securing employment due to poor access, support and workplace attitudes. How can SDG 8 be achieved for disabled persons?

Q7:   SDG 11 promotes making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe with accessible and inclusive transport and public spaces.

What are the key areas that need to be planned and implemented to ensure SDG 11 an inclusive accessible society?

i.e suitable toileting and changing places, inclusive playgrounds, sport and leisure facilities, public services etc.

Q8:   What can we do collectively to increase the involvement of disabled young people in the planning and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)? SDG 17

We hope you can participate in our first #CWIncludeMe2 Twitter discussion!

If you miss it, don’t worry! You’re free to answer the questions at any point!

We have tried to make this Q&A accessible a possible. However, can you think of anything that could make it more accessible? We welcome suggestions, please email these to us: im2@includemetoo.org.uk

We want to say thank you to Disability Survivors Unite for their very helpful twitter discussion template they used during their #itsnotokay twitter chat. Do follow them at @DSUtweets

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