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. 
President Ronald Reagan Designated March as:
"National Developmental Disabilities Awareness" Month

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan made a public proclamation that the month of March should be recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. He stated "I invite all individuals, agencies, and organizations concerned with the problem of developmental disabilities to observe this month with appropriate observances and activities directed toward increasing public awareness of the needs and the potential of Americans with developmental disabilities." 

See President Reagan's entire statement:  Proclamation 5613

Check Out MPACT's Resources Links for assistance throughout Missouri:
See Me as Me:
Developmental Disabilities Awareness  Activities in Missouri
March 12 - 16 ~ See Me as Your Coworker - Employment
March 19 - 23 ~ See Me as Your Neighbor - Community Living
March 25 - 30 ~ See Me as Your Friend - General

To link to videos, blogs, stories, resources, and toolkits for the weekly topics, Please Click  HERE.
Transition Events
Transition Skills Day - Bethany, MO
Transition Skills Day - The Game of Life (Not of Chance)
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Time: 8:30am to 2:00pm
Location: Immanuel Baptist Church
4207 Miller St. Bethany, MO 64424
MPACT Contact Person:  Lisa Bowles
March & April 2018
MPACT Trainings  & Workshops
MPACT offers parents and professionals a variety of online and in-person training's. All training's are FREE of charge. Please  contact us if you would like to schedule a training for your area or organization.

Please register for any of the workshops you would like to attend so we can send you electronic copies of the materials and notify you of any changes in the schedule. You can register  here or by clicking the link below.

Inclement Weather: If there is inclement weather and the school district where the training is being held cancels school, the MPACT training will also be cancelled.  Participants who have registered online will be notified via email.
Northern Missouri Region

IDEA Part C to Part B
April 14 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
East Hills Library
502 North Woodbine Rd 
St. Joseph, MO 64506

Effectively Communicating Your Child's Needs
April 14 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
East Hills Library
502 North Woodbine Rd 
St. Joseph, MO 64506

Kansas City Missouri Region

Understanding the Evaluation Process
March 19 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am
Kansas City Public Library: Lucile H. Bluford Branch
3050 Prospect Ave
Kansas City, MO 64128

Section 504 and Students with Disabilities
March 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Kansas City Public Library: Lucile H. Bluford Branch
3050 Prospect Ave 
Kansas City, MO 64128

Special Education Law
March 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am
Kansas City Public Library: Central Library
14 West 10th St 
Kansas City, MO 64105

Special Education Mediation
March 26 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Kansas City Public Library: Central Library
14 West 10th St 
Kansas City, MO 64105

McKinney Vento & Art of Effective Advocacy
April 3 @ 10:30 am - 1:45 pm
Eitas Training Center
8508 Hillcrest Road
Kansas City, MO 64105

McKinney Vento
April 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children's Division of Clay County
7000 Liberty Drive
Liberty, MO 64068

Central Missouri Region

Bullying Prevention: What Parents Can Do
April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Families Supporting Families Together
3705 Route C
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Special Education: What I Need to Know
April 3 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Missouri Regional Library
214 Adams St
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Writing Measurable Goals
April 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
227 Metro Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65109

Family Record Keeping
April 10 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Camden County Library: Camdenton Branch
89 Rodeo Rd 
Camdenton, MO 65020

Special Education: What I Need to Know
April 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
860 Lynn St
Lebanon, MO 65536

St. Louis Missouri Region

Art of Effective Advocacy
March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hope High School
307 West Pitman 
O'Fallon, MO 63366

Understanding the IEP Process
"A Break to Educate" Series
April 9 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Louis Public Library: Central Library
1301 Olive St
St. Louis, MO 63103

Disagreement Resolution Processes
April 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Special School District, Rm 61
2110 Clayton Rd
St. Louis, MO 63131

Southwest Missouri Region

Effectively Communicating Your Child's Needs
March 19 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Springfield-Greene County Library: Schweitzer Brentwood Branch
2214 Brentwood Blvd 
Springfield, MO 65804

Special Education Law
March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Preferred Family Services
710 S Maiden Lane
Joplin, MO 64801

What is MPACT?
April 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Springfield-Greene County Library: The Library Center
4653 South Campbell Ave
Springfield, MO 65810

Southeast Missouri Region

Family Record Keeping
April 2 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
STĀ Cafe
820 North Sprigg St 
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Employment Opportunities
Do you have the desire and skill to support families in advocating for their children with disabilities throughout the special education process? Do you demonstrate the following unique and comprehensive abilities? If so, please apply for one of  MPACT's open positions !

Open Positions:
  • Parent Advisor (Joplin, MO)
  • Regional Coordinator (Hannibal, MO)
  • Data & Bookkeeping Support Staff
  • Provide individual assistance and technical support for families that have children with disabilities in the form of phone, emails, material distribution, and education meeting attendance,
  • Provide assistance to individuals regarding educational and disability-related issues of preschool age children, school age children, and young adults with disabilities,
  • Set up, market, and perform training workshops in conjunction with project and contract requirements, including registering and following up with participants, and
  • Develop and maintain relationships with contract and project collaborating partners as well as agencies, organizations, schools, and groups located within position's assigned area and that focus on serving under-served communities, families of children with disabilities, and youth with disabilities.
MPACT is funded in part or whole by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Grant No. H328M090020-10. The contents of the website, however, and any documents cited herein do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S Department of Education.
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