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Twitter Chat with Joe Shapiro, Author of “No Pity”

Twitter Chat with Joe Shapiro, Author of “No Pity”

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A Twitter Chat has been scheduled with Joseph Shapiro, the author of No Pity, and you are all invited!


Twitter Chat with Author Joe Shapiro on 12/02 at 1pm EST

Hashtag: #NoPityDisability

Joe Shapiro’s Twitter Handle: @NPRJoeShapiro

Meriah’s Twitter Handle: @meriahhudson

How to Participate:

Follow @meriahhudson on Twitter for updates

At 1pm EST on December 2nd (or 10am PST), search #NoPityDisability on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the “Latest” tab for the full conversation.

You can tune in to ONLY the chat’s questions (so you can respond to them) by checking @meriahhudson’s account.

Each question will be tweeted 6-8 minutes apart to give author @NPRJoeShapiro time to answer, and others to chime in.

The Twitter Chat Questions

Introductory Tweets and Questions for Chat

Welcome to the #NoPityDisability chat with author @NPRjoeshapiro. Remember to use the hashtag when you tweet!

This chat is hosted by @meriahhudson on behalf of the Lit League (A Riveting Book Club with a Focus on Disability):

In order for your tweets to be collected and found by everyone, be sure to respond to a question using the following format “Q1 [your message] #NoPityDisability”

We will be talking about the book No Pity, it’s themes of the disability rights movement, the emergence of disability culture, rights and empowerment in this chat. Please note PwD=people w/ disabilities #NoPityDisability

Questions for Twitter Chat with Joseph Shapiro, author of “No Pity”

Q1 Roll call! Please introduce yourself and share what brought you to talk about No Pity today. #NoPityDisability

Q2  What did you appreciate about the book, No Pity by @NPRJoeShapiro? Why? #NoPityDisability

Q3 What specific questions do members of the Lit League have for @NPRJoeShapiro? (and we can continue after the chat too) #NoPityDisability

Q4 What inspired @NPRJoeShapiro to write No Pity in the first place? #NoPityDisability

Q5 How did No Pity shape reporting @NPRJoeShapiro has done since? #NoPityDisability

Q6 Would @NPRJoeShapiro consider writing a follow up book, given how much has happened since publication? If so, what would the book be about? #NoPityDisability

Q7 What lessons can we PwD learn from other communities (like LGBTQ, African American)? #NoPityDisability

Q8 Recognizing that self-advocacy is best, what are appropriate roles for allies? Especially allies of people with intellectual disabilities? #NoPityDisability

Q9 Where does @NPRJoeShapiro think the new “silent army” is? How can we best reach them? #NoPityDisability

Q10 Based on the research that @NPRJoeShapiro conducted for this book, what does he think the high priorities for advocacy are? #NoPityDisability

Thank you for joining the #NoPityDisability chat. Please continue the conversation by asking @NPRJoeShapiro any questions you have, or comments on his book!

A Storify will be up tomorrow. Check the ##NoPityDisability hashtag and the corresponding blog post on Two Thirds of the Planet (

Twitter Best Practices:

  1. Tweet a “high volume warning” to your followers before you start the chat (giving them a heads-up that you’ll be tweeting a lot soon)
  2. Reply directly to a person for 1-on-1 conversations
  3. Use Twitter handles in your tweets
  4. Always include the chat hashtag so that people can find your tweet by searching the hashtag
  5. Dip in and out of the conversation as you like
  6. Stay on topic
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