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Training for Mothers of Students with Disabilities

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Guttman Community College (Google Maps)
50 West 40th Street, Room 401
New York, NY 10018

Are you a mother of a child with a disability? Are you ready to learn new skills to advocate for your child and others? Are you interested in becoming a more effective leader in your community? Do you want to make New York City a better place for yourself, your loved ones and the next generation? Then join us as we advance the empowerment of mothers of children with disabilities, bringing the lens of inclusion and equality to NYC’s civic life for this generation and future generations.


Donna Meltzer, CEO of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD)
Michelle Grier, MSW, Director Of Social Work at Girls for Gender Equity

Gabrielle Einstein-Sim, Moderator

headshot of Donna Meltzer with glasses and wearing her hair loose color photoDonna Meltzer is CEO of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), a national nonprofit organization that supports the nation’s 56 governor-appointed Developmental Disabilities Councils that work within state government to promote independence, productivity, and integration of people with disabilities through systems change activities. In this capacity, Meltzer oversees the organization’s public policy and advocacy agenda as well as technical assistance to the members. Meltzer joined the NACDD in October 2012.

Michelle GrierMichelle Grier is a social justice worker who hails from Brooklyn, NY. Grier dedicates her time to providing culturally relevant mental health services to youth of color. Additionally, she trains social workers and educators on increasing their self-awareness and bringing culturally sensitive models to their practice. Grier holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Wesleyan University in Anthropology and a Master’s of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. She currently works for Achievement First Endeavor Middle School as the Director of Socio-Emotional Learning and Social Work.

headshot of Gabrielle Einstein-Sim smiling and facing the camera wearing a tank top color photoGabrielle Einstein-Sim is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she studied economics. She is currently a Master’s Student in Community Health Education at Teachers College Columbia University. She is a member of the Jewish National Fund’s Disability Task Force, focusing specifically on the Special in Uniform program, which enables people with disabilities to serve in the Israeli army.

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Meet the Author

Debbie Fink
Debbie Fink

Debbie Fink is Director of Community Outreach and Impact for RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. She brings more than 15 years of diverse leadership experience in public health, education and arts programming to serve RespectAbility’s mission. Fink has a lifetime commitment to enabling people with disabilities to have a better future and is passionate about the constructive impact volunteers can make in the world. To reach her, email

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