IncludeNYC Talk with Melinda Burke

IncludeNYC Talk with Melinda Burke


Monday, October 2nd, 2023 – 6:30-8pm

Melinda Burke, a family educator at INCLUDEnyc and founding member of The Bench – BKCM’s very own Music Therapy Parent Support Collective, returns this October! Melinda’s discussion will include a brief introduction of INCLUDEnyc and talk about the evening’s topic: Advocacy Skills for Parents of a Child with a Disability. We’ll explore the skills needed to navigate service systems, request evaluations and services, resolve disagreements, and communicate effectively in order to get your child the support and services they need. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion/Q&A where parents can ask questions and share any solutions/tips with one another. This talk is primarily for parents of children ages 5 and up, but all are welcome!

Melinda originally came to INCLUDEnyc as a mother who was trying to understand and navigate the special education system in New York City. She eventually turned that experience into a career, becoming a NYS certified teacher with a Master’s Degree in Special Education from City College. Melinda worked for 17 years in NYCDOE’s D75 as a classroom teacher, a SETSS provider, and a Unit Coordinator, followed by several years as a preschool special education teacher. Melinda is especially passionate about the importance of families as part of each child’s educational team. She is thrilled to be helping people with disabilities and their families feel nurtured and supported within their own community while proudly taking their place in the larger world. As an incredible parent and member of our BKCM Music Therapy program, Melinda also is a co-founder of The Bench, a BKCM Music Therapy Parent Support Collective to create community and friendships amongst parents, offering advice, practical information, and emotional support.
Categories: , ,


To join this event please go to this link