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. 
March is Developmental Disabilities (DD) Awareness Month
In 1987 President Ronald Reagan passed a proclamation declaring March National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Spread the word to family, friends, and professionals that all people with developmental disabilities can be productive, contributing members of their communities. Increased awareness can lead to greater access to education, health care, employment, and community living opportunities.

According to Missouri's Division of Developmental Disabilities, a developmental disability is a lifelong disability that can be attributed to mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, head injury, autism, or a learning disability related to a brain dysfunction, or any other mental or physical or mental impairment which occurs before the age 22. It results in a substantial functional limitation in two or more of the following six areas of major life activities: self care, receptive and expressive language development and use, learning, self-direction, capacity for independent living or economic self sufficiency and mobility.

What supports are available in Missouri?

Navigating resources can be frustrating and confusing. Remember that Missouri Parents Act can help you navigate through the special education process from birth to age 26 by providing you with support, training, information, and resources.
Nominations for the State Special Education Advisory Panel

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is seeking nominations for "Parents of Children with Disabilities" and "Individuals with Disabilities" to serve on the Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP).

Please note that parents must have children between the ages of 3 and 26 and the child must have/had an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Recent graduates with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, or adults with disabilities who have an interest in state level special education services for children ages 3-21 are all potential candidates for these positions.

Upcoming MPACT Parent Trainings


Understanding the IEP Process
March 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bootheel Area Independent Living Services
719 Teaco Road 
Kennett, MO 63857


Steps to Success: Family Record Keeping
March 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Good Shepherd Children and Family Services
1340 Partridge Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63130

IDEA Part C to Part B
April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Missouri River Regional Library
214 Adams St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Art of Effective Advocacy
April 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Priority Care Pediatrics, LLC
9405 N. Oak Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64155
Special Education Law
April 20 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Washington County SB40 Board
10558 West State Hwy E
Potosi MO 63664
IDEA Boot Camp
April 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Connections Case Management
1727 West 26th Street
Joplin, MO 64804

* 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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