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VLE Session 1: Communicating Family Needs Through Advocacy

Thu September 1, 2016: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT

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This is session 1 of 4 of the Virtual Learning Event hosted by the OneOp Family Development Concentration Area.

It’s hard enough for parents to navigate this oftentimes scary and confusing world, but parents who have children with disabilities often find themselves intimidated and lost. In this 1.5 hour webinar, participants will learn about the world of advocacy and the ways in which it is possible to find and receive the services necessary for their children to thrive. This webinar will include types, effective strategies, case studies, examples, and motivating and insightful conversation pertaining to advocacy. It is our hope that participants will leave this webinar feeling prepared and ready to face the challenges that they encounter head-on and to teach others how to do the same.

Presenter Information

Meghan Burke, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Illinois. Her research interests include parent advocacy, families (i.e., parents and siblings) of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and disability policies.

Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT is the Social Media and Webinar Coordination Specialist for the Family Development Team of OneOp.

CEU and Certificate of Completion

We invite you to participate in our upcoming virtual learning event sessions. OneOp Family Development offers various continuing education opportunities for each live session (for up to one year after the live date). The types of CEU’s offered are National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Georgia Marriage & Family Therapy. 

  • For more information on how to obtain NASW and Georgia Marriage and Family Therapy CE credits, click here. Have questions? Contact us at MFLNFamilyDevelopment@gmail.com.

This presentation is not endorsed by the Department of Defense and the information, as well as any opinions or views, contained herein are solely that of the presenter.


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Watch the Recording

VLE 1 PowerPoint (Slideshare)

VLE 1 PowerPoint (PDF)

Additional Resources

Tactics & Strategy: The Letter to the Stranger (Article)

Volunteer Advocacy Project (Video of Meghan Burke)

Improving parental involvement: Training special education advocates (Article)

Defendants with intellectual disabilities and mental health diagnoses: Faring in a mental health court (Article)

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