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. 
Do you want to make a difference?

MPACT Volunteer Opportunities
Have you had experience navigating the special education process?  
Do you want to help others navigate the process?  Do you want to make a difference in your community?  

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider being an MPACT volunteer mentor where it is our mission to empower parents to become effective advocates for their children.  

What does a mentor do?  
Mentors have various roles in our organization.  You can read more about our mentor program here Some of the most common roles include  assisting families over the phone, by email, or in person;  supporting families in meetings; and  attending resource fairs .

Along with these roles, mentors have the opportunity to receive professional development at no cost and also take part in a mentor conference one time per year.  At the conference, MPACT recognizes mentor contributions to our organization with incentives.  We also provide mileage reimbursement and respite care for mentor duties.   Learn more about our mentor program   here.     

How do you become a mentor?  
To become a mentor, please complete our online mentor application.  Once the application is complete, our mentor coordinator will contact you with the next steps.  

Take the first step to making a difference in your community TODAY!   
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Event Spotlights

Statewide Events

Decoding Dyslexia-MO and Missouri Parents Act Host David Kilpatrick, PhD
May 3, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Holiday Inn Conference Center
Cadillac Ballroom
10709 Watson Road
St. Louis, MO 63127 
To support teachers, parents and other professionals in understanding dyslexia and other reading disabilities, David Kilpatrick, PhD will present in St. Louis, Missouri on May 3. David's book, Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties, is used by DESE and the RPDC Dyslexia Consultants as a source of information and study.  
Purchase Tickets here:  Dyslexia Conference
 
Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Seminar | Columbia, MO
May 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
University of Missouri - Stotler Lounge
S102 Memorial Union,
518 Hitt Street 
Columbia,  MO  65211 
Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The program is not disability specific.   
Purchase tickets here:  Wright's Law - Columbia, MO

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

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has opened registration for it's annual Transition Training Institute (TTI).   

The 2019 Transition Training Institute will be held from June 18-20, 2019, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 Interstate 70 Drive, Southwest, in Columbia, Missouri. 

The institute will focus on programs and structures to support students in graduating and moving toward post-secondary goals. Educators, administrators, therapists, professionals, and parents are all encouraged to attend.  More information can be found here:  2019 DESE Transition Training Institute .  
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.

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.

Please register for all events here:  MPACT Trainings


Special Education Mediation
April 24, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Whole Person
3710 Main St, 
Kansas City  MO 64111   

Understanding the IEP Process
May 6, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LH Bluford Library
3050 Prospect Ave
Kansas City, MO 64128 

Special Education: What I Need to Know
May 22, 2019 @ 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Whole Person
3710 Main St  
Kansas City, MO 64111

Steps to Success: IDEA Part C to Part B (Transition from First Steps to Early Childhood Education)
May 28, 2019 @ 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
Kansas City Public Library: North East Branch Library 
6000 Wilson Road 
Kansas City, MO 64123

Steps to Success: First Steps Parental Rights
May 28, 2019 @ 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM  
Kansas City Public Library: North East Branch Library 
6000 Wilson Road 
Kansas City, MO 64123

Understanding the IEP Process
June 17, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kansas City Public Library: North East Branch Library 
6000 Wilson Road 
Kansas City, MO 64123


Understanding the IEP Process
April 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm -  8:00 pm 
Children's Therapy and Early Childhood
408 S. Missouri 
Mexico, MO 65265
 
April 25, 2019 @ 12:30 pm -  2:30 pm 
Waynesville Library
306 Historic 66 
Waynesville, MO 65583

Understanding the IEP Process
May 14, 2019 @ 10:30 am -  12:30 pm 
Polk County Library
1690 W. Broadway 
Bolivar, MO 65613

Disagreement Resolution Process
May 14, 2019 @ 1:30 pm -  3:30 pm 
Polk County Library
1690 W. Broadway 
Bolivar, MO 65613
 

Section 504 & Students with Disabilities
May 1, 2019 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Special School District of St. Louis County 
SSD Central Office
12110 Clayton Rd. 
Town & Country, MO 63131 


Please check our website for more trainings soon!  


Positive Behavior Interventions
April 25, 2019 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Southeast Missouri State University
1 University Plaza
Scully Room 322
Cape Girardeau, MO 63901 

Understanding the Evaluation Process
May 6, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SEMO Alliance 
755 South Kingshighway St.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Understanding the Evaluation Process
May 6, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
SEMO Alliance
755 South Kingshighway St.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Positive Behavior Interventions
June 13, 2019 @10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Missouri Care 
272 South Mount Auburn Rd 
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

Art of Effective Advocacy
June 26, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Naylor Library
105 Kelsey 
Naylor, MO 63953

Special Education Law
June 26, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Naylor Library
105 Kelsey 
Naylor, MO 63953
 

Please check our  website  for more trainings soon! 
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Join our Team!   MPACT is hiring a Multicultural Coordinator in St. Louis.  This position will provide parents with  training, information, and resources.  Learn more and apply here:  Multicultural 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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