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. 
MPACT Mentor Program

MPACT helps thousands of families in Missouri per year.  We do this by helping families understand their educational rights; training families and professionals about special education, communication, and advocacy; and by attending meetings to support families.  We are able to do this because we have a dedicated staff and a small army of volunteers, known as mentors, who give their time and expertise to MPACT.   

If you have ever considered "giving back," maybe being a mentor for MPACT would be the right fit for you.  In order to be an MPACT mentor, we ask that you complete an application, consent to a background check, and attend four of our core trainings.  Most importantly, we ask that you be passionate about helping families in Missouri!  Contact our Mentor Coordinator, Cheryl Thompson, at cthompson@missouriparentsact.org to learn more!

Giving Tuesday

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving, which is this Tuesday, is known as Giving Tuesday. All of MPACT's services are free, in part to grant funding, but also through generous donations from individuals like you! Please consider giving back to MPACT on November 27 here:  Give back to MPACT

MPACT is a National Parent Center and 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on a variety of sources of funding, including donations.

To learn more about special education in Missouri, or of you have questions, please visit  www.missouriparentsact.org  or call 1.800.743.7634 for questions, resources, or information. We are here to help you!
Partners in Policymaking 
  • Are you a parent of a child with a disability or a person with a disability?
  • Would you like to see a barrier-free society where everyone is a valued member of their community?
  • Are you interested in promoting change within your community? Within the state?
If you answered yes to these questions, you might be interested in becoming one of a growing number of Missouri's Partners in Policymaking Graduates, which is a program of the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council.  

Partners in Policymaking is a leadership training program for adults with disabilities and parents of children with developmental disabilities.  The program teaches leadership skills and techniques to develop positive partnerships with elected officials, school personnel and other individuals who make policy decisions about services that you and/or your family use.  You can learn more about the Partners program, including dates of the sessions and the application, here:  Partners in Policymaking

Free Special Education Trainings
Does your child have a disability; struggle with learning, behavior, or social issues at school; or currently receive special education services? If so, Missouri Parents Act (MPACT) may be able to help. MPACT is a federally-funded, statewide parent training and information center. MPACT offers families free training, resources, and support throughout the special education process. 
 
All training descriptions are located on our website. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a training for your area or organization or  RSVP for any of MPACT's scheduled trainings  by clicking on the individual links below.

For more information about MPACT or to request information and resources about the special education process, please visit www.missouriparentsact.org or call 1.800.743.7634.

Kansas City Missouri Region

Section 504 and Students with Disabilities
November 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Whole Person
3710 Main Street 
Kansas City,  MO 64111
Understanding the IEP Process

Special Education Law
November 27 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
UMKC Institute for Human Development
215 Pershing Road - 5th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64108

Understanding the IEP Process
November 27 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
UMKC Institute for Human Development
215 Pershing Road - 5th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64108

Disagreement Resolution Process
November 29 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
UMKC Institute for Human Development
215 Pershing Road - 5th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64108

Special Education Law
November 29 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
UMKC Institute for Human Development
215 Pershing Road - 5th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64108

Section 504 and Students with Disabilities
December 4 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
UMKC Institute for Human Development
215 Pershing Road - 5th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64108

Steps to Success: Family Record Keeping 
December 6 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
UMKC Institute for Human Development
215 Pershing Road - 5th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64108

Steps to Success: IDEA Part C to B
December 6 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
UMKC Institute for Human Development 
215 Pershing Road - 5th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64108

Understanding the Evaluation Process
December 10 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Trails West Branch Library
6000 Wilson Rd
Kansas City, MO 64123

Special Education:  What I Need to Know
December 10 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Trails West Branch Library
6000 Wilson Rd
Kansas City, MO 64123

Understanding ADHD
January 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Whole Person
3710 Main Street 
Kansas City, 
MO 64111

Steps to Success: Understanding the IFSP
January 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Kansas City Public Library: North-East Branch
6000 Wilson Ave
Kansas City, MO 64123
 
Steps to Success: Family Record Keeping
January 28, 2019 @ 11:40 am - 12:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library: North-East Branch
6000 Wilson Ave
Kansas City, MO 64123

Special Education:  What I Need to Know
January 29, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Red Bridge Elementary
10781 Oak St
Kansas City, MO 64114

Steps to Success:  Effectively Communicating your Child's Needs
February 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Red Bridge Elementary
10781 Oak St 
Kansas City,  MO 64114

Special Education Law
February 27, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Whole Person, 3710 Main Street 
Kansas City,  MO 64111

Central Missouri Region  
 

November 27 @ 10:30 am -  12:30 pm
Polk County Library: Bolivar Branch
1690 West Broadway St 
Bolivar, MO 65613
http://www.missouriparentsact.org/event/special-education-what-i-need-to-know-3/  

Understanding the IEP Process
December 4 @ 6:00 pm -  7:30 pm
Jefferson City Baptist Church
3705 Route C 
Jefferson City, MO 65201  

St. Louis Missouri Region
  
The Art of Effective Advocacy
November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
St. Charles City-County Library District: Spencer Road Branch
427 Spencer Road 
St. Peters,  MO 63376

Special Education - What I Need to Know
December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hope High School, 307 West Pitman 
O'Fallon,  MO 63366

Art of Effective Advocacy
January 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hope High School, 307 West Pitman 
O'Fallon,  MO 63366
 
Steps to Success: IDEA Part C to Part B
February 6, 2019
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Charles City-County Library District: Spencer Road Branch
427 Spencer Rd
St. Peters, MO 63376

Understanding the IEP Process
February 15, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jefferson County Library: Arnold Branch 
1701 Missouri State Rd
Arnold, MO 63010 

Section 504 & Students with Disabilities
March 29, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jefferson County Library: Arnold Branch 
1701 Missouri State Rd 
Arnold, MO 63010 
Southwest Missouri Region

November 27 @ 11:30 am -  1:30 pm
Henry County Library
23 E. Green St. 
Clinton, MO 64735

Steps to Success:  Effectively Communicating your Child's Needs 
December 5 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Barry Lawrence Regional Library
101 N Walnut
Pierce City, MO 65723 
 
Southeast Missouri Region

Positive Behavior Interventions
December 4 @ 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Southeast Missouri State University - Main Campus
1 University Plaza, Scully Room 103 
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 
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MPACT Employment Opportunities

Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of children and families?  Are you passionate about special education?  Think about joining our team!  

Regional Coordinator | Springfield/Joplin, MO
More information here:    Regional Coordinator
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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