VLE Session 1: Communicating Family Needs Through Advocacy

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

How to Join

You may connect via the APAN Connect system or Ustream. For tech support for either system, email us at
  • 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.
    • You will need speakers/headphones for webinar audio. There is no call-in number.
    • 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.

Created by Bari Sobelson