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Sep 01

VLE Session 1: Communicating Family Needs Through Advocacy

11:00 am EDT

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This is session 1 of 4 of the Virtual Learning Event hosted by the MFLN 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, PhD 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 the Military Families Learning Network.

CEU and Certificate of Completion

We invite you to participate in our upcoming virtual learning event sessions. MFLN 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), Georgia Marriage & Family Therapy and Early Intervention Training Program (EITP).

  • 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.
  • For more information on how to obtain Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) CE credits, click here. Have questions? Contact us at: MFLNFDEarlyIntervention@gmail.com

How to Join

You may connect via the APAN Connect system or Ustream. For tech support for either system, email us at milfamln@gmail.com.
  • APAN Connect (direct interaction with presenters and audience)
    • To get the URL for the webinar, register in the grey box at the top-right of this page
    • Go mobile by viewing on the Adobe Connect app (Android & iPhone compatible)
    • If you cannot access APAN Connect, view via YouTube Live
  • YouTube Live (broadcast only, limited interaction)

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.

Sep 01

Healthy Homes - Part 2

2:00 pm EDT

Healthy Homes-
Often people think about keeping their bodies healthy without realizing the influence which their building materials or daily home environment may have on them. That being said, there are ways to keep you home dwelling "healthy" so that the family is also well.  

In the presentations given this webinar covers considerations from materials available to all Cooperative Extension educators at Montana State University's Healthy Homes Partnership website.

In Part 1 (August 30th) of this webinar series we talked about Drinking Water and Waste Remediation along with Integrated Pest Management and Lead Poisoning.

In this webinar we will look at Energy Efficiency for two hours.  


Art Nash, Assistant Energy Professor at the University of Alaska School of Natural Resources and Extension, has worked with housing and energy projects concurrent with providing educational services in  Alaska’s Interior tribal villages, Southcentral and coastal  areas since moving to the state in the early 90s as a licensed secondary social sciences and environmental studies teacher. As an assistant (energy) professor, Art works closely with the Cold Climate Housing Research Center and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power.  His teaching expertise includes home energy/cost efficiency, remote cabin and camp(ing) off-grid energy production, indoor air quality/radon, and Universal Building Design for disabled and aging residents. He is the state's Radon Outreach coordinator and presents on Healthy Homes topics. 



Art Nash

Sep 01

Controversial Topics, Social Media, & Extension with Kevin Folta: #EdTechLN TweetUp + Webinar Simulcast

2:00 pm EDT

GMO’s, fad diets, and anti-science… No, this is not your Facebook newsfeed. But it is the focus of next week’s TweetUp! Have you wondered what Extension’s role can or should be in addressing controversial topics on social media? We’re excited to welcome special guest host Dr. Kevin Folta from the University of Florida to lead us in a rich discussion on a topic which impacts all Extension program areas and specializations. When research-based information isn’t perceived as a trusted source… how do we respond? How do we engage?

This special TweetUp will also feature this webinar simulcast hosted by Ohio State University’s Jamie Seger and Danae Wolfe for those who prefer to engage via webinar.

Click here to join the Tweet-Up instead of the webinar.



Jamie Seger, Danae Wolfe

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