Missouri Parents Act E-News
November 23, 2015

Empowering Families. Enhancing Opportunities
Important Invitation for Stakeholders 
As stakeholders in the education of children with disabilities in Missouri, you are invited and encouraged to share comments with Missouri's Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP).  The SEAP is comprised of educators, administrators, state agency representatives, parents, and persons with disabilities.  The quarterly meetings are open to the public and there is a time for public comment on every meeting's agenda.  

SEAP welcomes and encourage comments regarding concerns or issues faced by students with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them. For example, the SEAP has addressed such issues as transitioning to adult services, positive behavior supports, seclusion and restraint, and due process hearings related to special education.

The SEAP committee email address is private and is not accessed or monitored by DESE.  It will be viewed by the SEAP's public comment committee members only. The comments will be shared with the full SEAP Panel at quarterly meetings.  The Sunshine Law requires that records of the SEAP be available for public review.  While we will not publicly identify you when discussing your comment, if a Sunshine law request is made, the record with your name would be produced.  When you submit comments to the Advisory Panel you should not include any personally identifiable information regarding a child or other individual parties.  While responses cannot be made to your individual comments, public comments received will be shared with the Panel as examples of issues concerning the special education community.  

For meeting information, please visit: DESE Special Education Advisory Panel webpage  or contact Lina Browner at  573-751-5739  or email:  lina.browner@dese.mo.gov .  

The public may also submit comments to the panel via email at  seapcomments@gmail.com  or through the DESE webpage  .     
Youth Invited to Apply for the 
2016 Missouri Youth Leadership Forum
Applications being accepted NOW for the 14th Annual Missouri Youth Leadership Forum which will be held  July 12 - 16, 2016 at the University of Missouri Campus.  Students accepted into the program attend at NO COST to their family. 
The Forum is a unique training program that cultivates leadership, citizenship, social, and career development skills.   Students can apply now for the 14th annual Missouri Youth Leadership Forum scheduled for  July 12 - 16, 2016
The Governor's Council on Disability is currently accepting applications for this event. To learn more and to complete the application visit  http://disability.mo.gov/gcd/ylf.htm .   Deadline for submitting the application is  March 1, 2016 .
If you have any questions, please contact the Governor's Council on Disability at 1-800-877-8249.

Employment Opportunity
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is accepting applications for an Area Director in the First Steps program to serve southeast Missouri. This individual provides training and technical assistance to service coordinators, providers and other early intervention professionals in the System Point of Entry (SPOE) Regions 9: East Central and 10: Southeast.
First Steps Area Directors are state employees with full state benefits. The official domicile (office) will be located in one of the regions served, depending on the residence of the selected applicant.
For more information about the First Steps Southeast Area Director position, or to apply for this position, go to the Career Opportunities page on the DESE website at:

MPACT | (800) 743-7634 | info@ptimpact.org | http://www.ptimpact.org
7421 Mexico Rd
Suite 200
St. Peters, MO 63376

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.