Empowering families to advocate for themselves so that children with special educational needs can reach their full potential in education and life - through support, training, and education. 
Stop the Presses!

Exciting News for Youth and Families about Transition  from High School to Adulthood.

The Summit is a one-day learning experience designed for students who have disabilities and  family members, educators, case managers, and professionals. Summit sessions are focused on preparing youth for transition to post-secondary education, employment, independent living, and community experiences.

Register today!
If you have any questions, please contact Carrie Ragsdale at 417-423-7695 or toolsforlifesummmit@missouriparentact.org.

Registration Cost:
  • School teams of educators and student (a minimum of one student required): Free
  • Family member with student: Free
  • Young adult with a disability (18 to 26 years old): Free
  • Family members without a student or young adult: $25.00
  • Professional without a student or young adult: $50.00

Are you an Agency or Business that would like to consider becoming a Sponsor or Exhibitor in this exciting event? 
  • Exhibitors (display table, lunch, and registration for one participant): $100.00
  • Sponsorship (organization logo on t-shirt and Summit literature): $125.00
  • Exhibitors/Sponsor (display table, lunch, logo on t-shirt, and registration for one participant): $150.00
How does MPACT help youth and families in Missouri in the areas of transition?

The goal of the STELLAR (Supporting Transition to Engaged Lives by Linking Agency Resources) project is to assist transition-age youth (14-26) with disabilities, their parents, family members, guardians and advocates; or other authorized representatives of the individual to effectively engage in vocational, independent living, and rehabilitative services.

What is an RTN?
An RTN is a Regional Transition Network. Each RTN is made up of community stakeholders in the areas of employment, independent living, and education. The purpose of an RTN is to develop a local and sustainable group focused on employment and independent living for youth with disabilities.

Who is on an RTN?
MPACT Transition Mentors, Individuals with disabilities, VR Counselor from area/regional offices, CIL staff member from area/regional office, Individuals with disabilities are some of the involved community stakeholders. Other appropriate community members to include might be business community members and school district and regional community agency representatives.

What will RTNs do?
RTNs identify current effective practices and community resources and services for transitioning youth, i dentify barriers and gaps in services related to employment for people with disabilities, and c reate action plans for addressing the barriers and gaps. RTNs also w ork toward alleviating barriers and gaps in services through information, resources, and training. RTNs d isseminate information about employment options and best practices in the region to families, youth with disabilities, and agencies.

For more information, visit MPACT's website.

Events happening around the State

Southwest Region

6th Annual TOOLS for LIFE EXPO
October 10, 2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Memorial Education Center
310 West 8th Street, Joplin, MO  64804

Central Region

Phelps County Transition Fair
September 28, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Rolla Technical Institute
1304 East 10th Street, Rolla, MO 65401
Teachers who bring students will have their own breakout session and will get a raffle ticket for each student they bring.  Grand prize is a night at Tan-Tar-A Resort.
Warrensburg Community Center Event
October 10, 2017 
9:30 am - 11:30 am
445 East Gay Street, Warrensburg, MO 64093
The Regional Transition Network is hosting a career exploration fair for students ages 16 - 24 who are looking for a hands-on experience in various vocations.

Kansas City and Northwest Region

March 29, 2018
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Immanuel Baptist Church
Maryville, MO
Transition Skill Day 2017
March 14, 2018
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Northwest Missouri State University - The Station
900 University Drive,  Maryville, MO 64468

Southeast Region

Disability Awareness Day
October 10, 2017
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Caruthersville Public Library
707 West 13th Street, Caruthersville, MO 63830
A light meal will be provided to those who pre-register.

St. Louis and Northeast Region

Looking into the Future Transition Event
November 3, 2017
9:00 am - 11:30 am
St. Louis Community College - Forest Park
5600 Oakland Avenue,  St. Louis ,   MO   63110  
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