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#CripTheVote Chat - Disability Legislation In Congress

#CripTheVote Twitter Chat - Disability Legislation In Congress - Sunday, July 25, 2021 7 PM Eastern - Guest Host: @rebeccavallas

#CripTheVote Chat

Disability Legislation In Congress

With Guest Host Rebecca Vallas, The Century Foundation

Sunday, July 25, 2020

7:00 PM Eastern / 6 PM Central / 5 PM Mountain / 4 PM Pacific

The co-partners of #CripTheVote, Alice Wong, Andrew Pulrang, and Gregg Beratan, invite you to a Twitter chat about current disability-related legislation in Congress, and what disabled people and disability activists can do to make sure our priorities get the attention they deserve. Our co-host is Rebecca Vallas @rebeccavallas, Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation.

How to Participate


Follow @GreggBeratan @AndrewPulrang @DisVisibility. When it’s time for the chat, search #CripTheVote on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the ‘Latest’ tab for the full conversation. 


If you don’t use Twitter, you can follow along in real time here:


If you might be overwhelmed by the amount of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check @DisVisibility’s account. The questions will be Tweeted approximately 6-8 minutes apart. 


Another way to participate in the chat is to use this app that allows you to pause the chat if the Tweets are coming at you too fast:


Here is a link for people who are new to Twitter on starting an account and how to use it:


Here’s an article about how to participate in a Twitter chat:


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


Links to background information

Rebecca Cokley, Yahoo! Finance - July 13, 2021

Chelsea Cirruzzo, US News & World Report - July 6, 2021


The Democratic plan to smash poverty for seniors and people with disabilities

Dylan Matthews, - July 9, 2021


“Building Back Better” Must Include Strengthening Supplemental Security Income

Rebecca Vallas, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation - April 27, 2021


Letter from Sen. Sherrod Brown on updating SSI

April 16, 2021

Chat Questions 

Q1: What are the most likely prospects in Congress for major progress on home care / Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)? #CripTheVote

Q2: What should disability activists make of the recent infrastructure bill bipartisan compromise that appears to leave out HCBS? #CripTheVote

Q3: What is “budget reconciliation” and how does it work? What can it be used to accomplish in Congress, and what can’t it be used for? #CripTheVote

Q4: What opportunities are there in Congress for major progress on Social Security and SSI? #CripTheVote

Q5: What are the prospects in Congress for major progress on disability employment policy? #CripTheVote

Q6: How much support is there for disability policy reforms with U.S. voters? #CripTheVote

Q7: What are some effective ways for disabled people to use their personal stories to raise disability issues and promote or oppose disability-related legislation? #CripTheVote

Q8: Are there disability advocacy strategies that are less effective and maybe should be reassessed? #CripTheVote

Q9: Which disability advocacy strategies are most effective for supporting disability-related legislation? #CripTheVote

This concludes our #CripTheVote chat on disability legislation in Congress. Thanks again to Rebecca Vallas for helping guide our discussion. #CripTheVote


Please keep the conversation going. A recap of this chat will be up shortly. For more: #CripTheVote