Organizer's Forum

Social Media: December 15, 2015

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ORGANIZER’S FORUM: Tuesday, December 15th – Topic: Social Media

TUESDAY, December 15th, 1-2 pm Eastern time, 12-1 Central time, 11-12 Mountain time, 10-11 am Pacific time

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Emily Wolinsky, the Director of the internationally recognized Dear Julianna social media letter writing campaign to increase public awareness that living into adulthood with a neuromuscular disability (NMD) is possible with access to medical and assistive technologies. She is President of NMD United, a peer-led, non-profit organization that she co-founded in 2013.

Dawn Gibson, a Detroit based independent health activist and writer with a focus on Spoonie issues, working to expand the awareness, understanding, and acceptance of those living with life altering chronic health issues. Dawn will talk about #SpoonieChat, an effort to organize peers for support and to reduce stigma.

Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone, who manages the social media for Autistic Self Advocacy Network across platforms and promotes the development of autistic and cross disability culture, educates the grassroots, and tries to connect people with problem solvers in the community.

Caitlin Cutt, Social Media Coordinator for DisBeat, the PR initiative of the ADA Legacy Project.

Melanie Gleason, a social justice attorney currently traveling the U.S. giving pro bono legal services through her project, Attorney on the Move. She will discuss how to use social media to connect with those who are following your work.

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The Organizing Workgroup of the National Disability Leadership Alliance hosts these calls the third Tuesday of every month as a resource for disability organizers, in an effort toward building the organizing capacity of the disability community across the country. They generally follow the format of a Welcome followed by 2-3 experts in a given area speaking for a few minutes on their experiences, advice and challenges. The calls include a 20-30 minute question and answer period.

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Looking forward to talking with you all!

Jessica Lehman and Diane Coleman
Co-Chairs, National Organizing Workgroup