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. 
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U.S. Department of Education Proposes Rule to Promote Equity in IDEA
The U.S. Department of Education announced this week that it has proposed a new rule to amend Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). This proposed  rule is a product of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force and intends to reduce the disparity in the identification, placement, and discipline of students with disabilities.

MPACT Parent Mentor Program

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MPACT Parent Mentors are available to offer support and guidance to parents of children with disabilities throughout the IEP process. Parent Mentors are volunteers located throughout Missouri who receive targeted initial training, ongoing up-to-date training, and technical assistance from MPACT staff with regard to special education law, the IEP process, conflict resolution, and effective communication. 

The goal of the Parent Mentor Program is to help parents build a collaborative partnership with the school district so their child may receive an appropriate education. If you have questions regarding the status of a Parent Mentor or are interested in becoming a volunteer Parent Mentor, please contact MPACT.

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Current Proposed Missouri Bills Related to Special Education

Mo Legislation Process
HB 1368 - Hubrecht
Establishes a committee to examine the schools for the severely disabled

SB 809 - Sifton
Requires each public school to screen each student for dyslexia and related disorders

SB 827 - Sifton
Creates the Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia

SB 1062 - Brown
Requires that any standards developed by the State Board of Education for the purposes of determining a child's eligibility for special educational services shall allow the consideration of trauma as a result of experience in foster care

HB 2569 - Hummel
Requires a student to receive instruction in Braille reading and writing if an assessment demonstrates the need for the instruction

HB 2419 - Kelley
Requires cameras in special-needs classrooms

Upcoming MPACT Parent Trainings

IDEA Boot Camp
February 27 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Life Ability Center
1107 Country Club Drive
Kirksville, 63501


Understanding the IEP Process
March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
On My Own
428 E Highland 
Nevada, MO 64772

Part C to Part B and Understanding the IFSP Process
March 1 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hawthorn Bank
3701 W. Truman Blvd. 
Jefferson City, 65109

Understanding the IEP Process and The Art of Effective Advocacy
March 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rolla Public Library
900 N. Pine Street
Rolla, MO 65401
Understanding the IEP Process
March 16 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Priority Care Pediatrics, LLC
9405 N. Oak Trafficway 
Kansas City, MO 64155

Understanding the IEP Process
March 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bootheel Area Independent Living
719 Teaco Road 
Kennett, MO 63857
* Up-to-date training information is available on our  website .
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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