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's 10th Annual Transition Summit

MPACT is proud to announce our 10th Annual Transition Summit!  The Summit will take place in Jefferson City, MO on October 9th from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  You can learn more about the Summit and register at our event website here:  MPACT 10th Annual Transition Summit

The Summit is a one-day learning experience designed for students who have
disabilities, special education transition personnel and student teams, family members, case managers, VR counselors, and Centers for Independent Living personnel. Summit sessions are focused on the preparation of youth for transition to post-secondary education, employment, independent living, and community experiences.

Loni Leforce, Self Advocate and University of Missouri Pre-Employment Transition Specialist will speak to Summit participants.  She will speak about her journey as a self advocate, which enabled her to
accomplish her current career goals.


 

There will also be break-out sessions from transition related agencies including: 

Transition - What is it?

Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when students graduate from high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it's especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition. As a matter of fact the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires transition planning and services. Transition services are intended to prepare students to move from the world of school to the world of adulthood. In Missouri, it is a legal requirement that a student have a Transition Plan at the age of 16, but the planning can begin even earlier.  The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)   offers a Transition Toolkit that is available to all Missouri students and educations here:  Transition Toolkit

P roject STELLAR and Regional Transition Networks (RTN's)

MPACT has a unique program, Project STELLAR (Supporting Transition to Engaged Lives by Linking Agency Resources) to assist transition-age youth (14-26) with disabilities, their parents, family members, guardians and advocates; or other authorized representatives of the individual to effectively engage in vocational, independent living, and rehabilitative services.  

MPACT receives guidance from RAISE (National Resources for Advocacy, Independence, Self Determination, and Employment) Technical Assistance Center.  RAISE works with the seven (7) RSA-funded Parent Training & Information Centers, including MPACT, to develop and disseminate information and resources that increase their capacity to serve youth and young adults with disabilities and their families.

Through the STELLAR program and with guidance from RAISE, MPACT has 18 Regional Transition Networks (RTN's) throughout the state of Missouri comprised of community stakeholders in the area of employment, independent living, and education.  These RTN's:
  • Identify current effective practices and community resources and services for transitioning youth
  • Identify barriers and gaps in services related to employment and create action plans to address through information, resources, and training
  • Disseminate information about regional employment options and best practices in the region to families, youth with disabilities, and agencies.   
MPACT has a number of RTN events throughout the state happening this Fall.  Learn more about these events below:

Ozark RTN - Building a Purposeful Life
Sept 28th, 2018
8:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Ozark Technical Community College - Richwood Valley Campus
3369 W. Jackson Rd.
Nixa, MO 65714
For more information, contact Carrie Ragsdale
 
Southeast Missouri 2nd Annual Transition Expo
October 10th, 2018
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The Pentecostal Power Church;
4025 S. Ward Ave
Caruthersville, MO
For more information, contact Nakatia Clay 
 
Nevada Youth Transition & Resource Expo
October 17th, 2018
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Nevada Elks Lodge
520 N. Centennial Blvd.
Nevada, MO 64772
For more information, contact Carrie Ragsdale
 
Joplin RTN - Spotlight to your Future
October 23, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
810 W 8th Street
Joplin, MO 64801
For more information, contact Carrie Ragsdale
 
Kansas City RTN - Fall Career Festival
October 30th, 2018
4:00 PM -7:00 PM
East High School
1924 Van Brunt Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64127
For more information, contact Princess Banks

Cameron Transition Skills Day
November 1st, 2018
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
First Baptist Church
207 McElwain Drive
Cameron, MO  64429
For more information, contact Lisa Bowles

2nd Annual St. Louis City Transition Event
November 16th, 2018
St. Louis Community College - Forest Park Campus
5600 Oakland Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110
For more information, contact Karina Crouch

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.

Northern Missouri Region

Dispute Resolution Process
September 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
River of Life Baptist Church
811 Walnut St
Cameron, MO 64429

Dispute Resolution Process
October 2 @ 4:00 pm -  6:00 pm
Church of the Nazerene
105 North Ensworth Street 
Craig, MO 64437
 
Kansas City Missouri Region

September 10 @ 1:00 pm -  3:00 pm
The Whole Person
3710 Main Street 
Kansas City, MO 64111 United State

New Date!  Steps to Success: Parental Rights
September 10 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Mid-Continent Public Library: Woodneath Library Center
8900 Northeast Flintlock Rd 
Kansas City, MO 64157

New Date!  Steps to Success: Effectively Communicating Your Child's Needs
September 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mid-Continent Public Library: Woodneath Library Center
8900 Northeast Flintlock Rd 
Kansas City, MO 64157

Bullying Prevention
September 19 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Red Bridge Elementary
10781 Oak St
Kansas City, MO 64114

Dispute Resolution Process
October 29 @ 10:30 am -  12:30 pm
Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County - eitas
8508 Hillcrest Rd
Kansas City, MO 64138

Special Education Mediation
October 29 @ 12:30 pm -  1:30 pm
Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County - eitas 
8508 Hillcrest Rd. 
Kansas City, MO 64138

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 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

Art of Effective Advocacy
September 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Pulaski County Library District: Waynesville Library
306 Historic 66 West 
Waynesville, MO 65583 

Special Education: What I Need to Know
September 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pulaski County Library District: Waynesville Library
306 Historic 66 West 
Waynesville, MO 65583 

The Art of Effective Advocacy
September 19 @ 11:00 am -  12:00 pm
Pathways Community Health Building
860 Lynn St 
Lebanon, MO 65536

Understanding the IEP Process
September 19 @ 12:30 pm -  2:00 pm
Pathways Community Health Building
860 Lynn St 
Lebanon, MO 65536
  
Special Education: What I Need to Know
September 21 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Sedalia Public Library
311 West 3rd St 
Sedalia, MO 65301

Understanding the IEP Process for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
November 16 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am 
Missouri River Regional Library
14 Adams St
Jefferson City, MO 65101

St. Louis Missouri Region

September 17 @ 10:00 am  12:00 pm
Marion County Services for the Developmentally Disabled 
12 Northport Plaza 
Hannibal,  MO 63401 

Steps to Success: IDEA Part C to B
September 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Scenic Regional Library: Union Branch
308 Hawthorne Dr
Union, MO 63084
 
Steps to Success: IDEA Part C to B
September 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Scenic Regional Library: Union Branch
308 Hawthorne Dr
Union, MO 63084

McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act Overview
September 19 @ 6:30 pm -  7:30 pm
St. Louis Public Library - Carpenter Branch 
3309 South Grand Boulevard 
St. Louis, MO 63118

Section 504 and Students with Disabilities
September 21 @ 11:30 am -  12:30 pm
St. Louis Public Library: Central Library 
1301 Olive St 
St. Louis, MO 63103
  
Understanding the IEP Process
October 3 @ 6:30 pm -  8:30 pm
St. Charles City-County Library District: Spencer Road Branch
427 Spencer Road 
St. Peters, MO 63376

Steps to Success: Effectively Communicating Your
Child's Needs
October 10 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Charles City-County Library District: Spencer Road Branch
427 Spencer Rd
St. Peters, MO 63376
 
Understanding ADHD
October 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Special School District of St. Louis County
SSD Central Office
12110 Clayton Rd
Town and Country, MO 63131
 
Understanding the IEP Process
October 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Special School District of St. Louis County
SSD Central Office
12110 Clayton Rd
Town and Country, MO 63131
 
Solving the Employment Puzzle
November 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Special School District of St. Louis County
SSD Central Office
12110 Clayton Rd
Town and Country, MO 63131

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

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

Southwest Missouri Region

Understanding the IEP Process for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
October 2 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Easter Seals Midwest: Howell County 
6327 US HWY 63 
West Plains,  MO 65775

Understanding the IEP Process
October 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Freeman Business Center
3220 McClelland Blvd 
Joplin,  MO 64804 

Southeast Missouri Region

Section 504 and Students with Disabilities
September 11 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence
755 South Kingshighway 
Cape Girardeau,  MO 63703

Positive Behavior Interventions
September 27 @ 2:30 pm -  3:45 pm
Three Rivers College 
2080 Three Rivers Blvd 
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Understanding ADHD
October 25 @ 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Three Rivers College, 2080 Three Rivers Blvd 
Poplar Bluff,  MO 63901

Positive Behavior Interventions
November 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Charleston Nutrition Center
205 West Commercial St 
Charleston, MO 63834

Understanding ADHD
November 6 @ 1:00 pm -  3:00 pm
Sikeston Nutrition Center
307 Creset St 
Sikeston, MO 
63801

* 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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