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Kathy commented on Be the translator for mom

Hey there, Febriana Wisnuwardani and thank you for the tag, Ashley . Getting conversations started on platforms and featuring information that makes sense to the folks we're trying to talk to, conveying the messages that are most important in this time, is so crucial! Usually, my preferred method is to have lots of community meetings, but of course, that can't happen right now. It's fantastic that you identified a platform your mom is accustomed to (Whatsapp). Do you have the skills to put together some messaging with her to help her connections on that platform understand the ways they can keep themselves and their neighbors safe? She might be able to let you know about risk factors we aren't even thinking of, too, adding yet another layer of value to the communications you put together. I have been following several platforms of disabled folks in particular for wisdom on the assets they notice and the challenges they are facing during this public health concern, and finding that I had forgotten about a lot of the challenges they are faced with, like the broad-spread public failure to respect their bodily autonomy, and therefore failure to follow social distancing guidelines. So many of the disabled folks I know and get to learn from are noticeably disabled (use wheelchairs, canes, or walkers for mobility, utilize assistance animals like vision dogs, etc), and people *frequently* put their hands on them in a misguided effort to "help". Often, these same disabled folks have immune system problems that make them more at-risk for this virus, and the contact poses real danger to them. These are people who work in communications and medical or allied health careers, so they are essential and have to get to work, but even getting there puts them at greater risk than most others. With them and keeping their concerns in mind, I have been assembling lists of telecommunications, legal advocates, and reminders of the symptoms and process for getting help if they begin to show signs of COVID19. It doesn't feel like much, but hopefully it helps someone at some point. I hope that you and your mom are able to put together a communications campaign to help moms better understand the power they hold to stop this virus and keep us all safe! I also hope that you and your family weather this storm and come out the other side healthy, happy, and well.

Thank you, Constanza!