Thursday, September 9, 2021

9/19 #CripTheVote Twitter Chat on Immigration

 Graphic with a white background and a black Twitter bird icon on the left and a graphic of two people talking with speech bubbles on the right. Text: #CripTheVote, Immigration, September 19, 2021, 7-8 pm Eastern, Guest hosts: @sdpavithran @Conchitahdz @DownToTheStruts

Graphic with a white background and a black Twitter bird icon on the left and a graphic of two people talking with speech bubbles on the right. Text: #CripTheVote, Immigration, September 19, 2021, 7-8 pm Eastern, Guest hosts: @sdpavithran @Conchitahdz @DownToTheStruts

The co-partners of #CripTheVote, Andrew Pulrang, Gregg Beratan, and Alice Wong, invite you to a Twitter chat about immigration with Sachin Pavithran, Executive Director of the US Access Board, Conchita Hernandez Legorreta, a disability rights advocate and Doctoral student at George Washington University, and Qudsiya Naqui, a blind attorney and host of the podcast Down to the Struts.

For more about all three guest co-hosts:

Episode 78, Hate Crimes with Sachin Pavithran, Disability Visibility podcast

Episode 90, Disabled Immigrants with Conchita Hernandez Legorreta, Disability Visibility podcast

Disabled Immigrants: Living on the Edge of Barbwire, Qudsiya Naqui, Disability Visibility Project

How to Participate


Follow @GreggBeratan @AndrewPulrang @DisVisibility and @sdpavithran, @Conchitahdz, and @DownToTheStruts. 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 6-7 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

Introductory Tweets and Chat Questions 


Welcome to the #CripTheVote chat on immigration with @sdpavithran, @Conchitahdz, and @DownToTheStruts. Remember to use the #CripTheVote hashtag when you tweet. If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripTheVote”

An immigrant is someone who makes a conscious decision to leave his or her home and move to a foreign country with the intention of settling there. #CripTheVote


A refugee is a person who has fled their country of origin & is unable or unwilling to return because of past persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution based on 5 protected grounds. #CripTheVote

Q1 It has been a strange and difficult year so far especially with the assault on reproductive freedom, delta variant & the US-made crisis in Afghanistan. How are you managing right now and what’s giving you comfort in these uncertain times? #CripTheVote


Q2 Today’s chat is about immigration, specifically to the United States. What are some unique challenges disabled immigrants and refugees face that most people don’t know about? #CripTheVote


Q3 For years the US incarcerated and traumatized unaccompanied minors who entered the country. Along with the recent policy of family separation, how are these policies a disability issue? #CripTheVote


Q4 In what ways can migration cause or exacerbate a person’s disability, especially if they are fleeing from a conflict zone or displaced by the climate crisis? #CripTheVote


Q5 With the application processes for both asylum and citizenship, what are some of the structural barriers that disabled immigrants face? #CripTheVote


Q6 What are some of the eugenic and ableist ideas that are part of our current immigration policies? What are some ways to effect change to these policies? #CripTheVote


Q7 How can local disability communities support disabled undocumented people, immigrants, and refugees? #CripTheVote


Q8 Is immigration a priority with major disability rights organizations in the US? If not, why is that and what changes would you like to see to happen? #CripTheVote

Q9 What can immigration advocates can do to advance disability justice in the immigration system? #CripTheVote 

This concludes our #CripTheVote chat on immigration w/ guest hosts @sdpavithran @Conchitahdz & @DownToTheStruts. Please keep the conversation going. A recap of this chat will be up shortly. For more:

Sunday, September 5, 2021

2021 #CripTheVote Disability Issues Survey Results

Issues - Which broad disability-related issue categories are most important to you? (Rated from 10 most important to 1 least)

Health care - 8.71

Civil rights / discrimination  - 7.95

Accessibility  -  7.12

Benefits  -  5.31

Housing  -  5.06

Employment  -  4.98

Long term care / personal assistance  -  4.44

Education  -  4.38

Assistive technology  -  2.81

Transportation  -  3.72 

Policies - How would you rate the value and importance of the following policy goals for the next two years, up through the 2022 Midterm Elections? (Rated from 5 most important to 1 least)

Affordable health care  -  4.50

Medical treatment discrimination  -  4.39

Earnings / benefits  -  4.37

COVID vaccine access  -  4.26

Affordable, accessible housing  -  4.18

Voting accessibility  -  4.16

Police violence  -  4.14

Home care funding  -  4.11

Marriage penalties  -  4.04

IDEA funding  -  3.94

Right to home care  -  3.92

Pain medication  -  3.84

Disability policy  -  3.84

Special Ed oversight  -  3.82

Which #CripTheVote activities do you find most valuable? (Rated from 5 most important to 1 least)

Everyday discussions  -  4.79

Scheduled chats  -  3.90

Interviews on the blog  -  3.76

Candidate chats  -  3.32

Live tweeting  -  3.06

Online issue surveys  -  2.24

Which of the following best describes your connection in disability issues?

I have a disability  -  396

There is a disabled person in my family  -  121

I work in the disability field  -  74

Just interested  -  20

Other  -  19

What is your race / ethnicity?

White or Caucasian  -  91%

Hispanic or Latinx  -  7%

Black or African-American  -  3%

Asian or Asian American  -  3%

Other  -  3%

American Indian or Native American  -  1%

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander  -  1%

What is your age?

35-44  -  129

25-34  -  104

45-54  -  82

18-24  -  44

55-64  -  44

65+  -  18

Under 18  -  7

What is your gender?

Female  -  270

Male  -  74

Non-binary  -  66

Transgender man  -  4

Transgender woman  -  1

Other  -  13

What type of disability do you have?

Physical / orthopedic  -  270

Chronic pain / chronic illness  -  260

Mental health  -  211

Autism  -  77

Learning disability  -  63

Other  -  57

Cognitive / intellectual  -  52

Sensory (Deaf / Blind)  -  43

Speech  -  17