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#CPChatNow Recap- 11-11-2015

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This year Veterans Day fell on a Wednesday, giving the live cerebral palsy Twitter chat #CPChatNow a great opportunity to show a chat co-founder John W, Quinn respect. In fact multiple participants thanked John for his 20 years serving the U.S. in the Navy.

Happy Veterans Day John W. Quinn! The average person might think someone with cerebral palsy can’t serve in the military. John would leave that person baffled. As last night’s dialogue continued the importance to recognizing John’s accomplishments emerged.

Brandon wanted to join the air force.Anyone interested in learning more about John and his naval career should checkout his memoir Someone Like Me: An Unlikely Story of Challenge and Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy*.

Now let us refocus and get back to recapping yesterday’s #CPChatNow Twitter chat. A recent news story captured our community’s attention.

Erin raises "mercy killing" issue.Since the two links Erin shared played a major role in later conversation I should probably include live links here. Take a look at the actual news story and then the post about the reporter originally calling the murder a “mercy killing.”

Regarding the news story and other similar ones Erin posed a thought provoking question.

Why do you think parents decide to kill their child with a disability?   Erin's take on why parents decide to kill their child with a disability pt. 1Erin's take on why parents decide to kill their child with a disability pt. 2Time for you to keep the conversation going. This week’s extend-the-conversation question asks “What word or words do you feel contributes the most to disability misconceptions?” Answer in the “Comments” section!

Hard issues stayed a focus point Wednesday evening with discussion about parents who let their five-year old daughter with a terminal illness decide whether to continue receiving treatment at the hospital or come home to basically die. You can read the details here.

Do you think a young child has the ability to decide to refuse to go to the hospital for care and to die at home?Jenna plays devils advocate.You can certainly see this week’s #CPChatNow featured heavy subject matters. However, subjects such as “mercy killing” and assisted suicide didn’t own exclusivity on the night. We discussed other topics too.

Have you ever skipped a concert because of accessibility issues?Does anyone have increased pain in cold weather?

#CPChatNow Excitement Level

#CPChatNow brings excitement to every Wednesday evening, 8pm ET on Twitter.

I know any additional pain the cold weather dealt me last night I stopped noticing because the great #CPChatNow discussions kept me distracted. Help keep the momentum going by joining us next Wednesday for the live cerebral palsy Twitter chat. The fun begins at 8pm ET.

Finally remember to answer the extend-the-conversation question. “What word or words do you feel contributes the most to disability misconceptions?”

Answer below in the “Comments” section!

I look forward to your responses.

-Zachary

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