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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May is Mental Health Awareness Month
This May,  MPACT  acknowledges 
Mental Health Support
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Mental  Health Month. W e recognize the incredible strides we've made in promoting understanding, increasing opportunities, and improving the lives of people living with mental health issues. Mental Health Month is an opportunity to reflect on how far we've come.  But Mental Health Month is also an opportunity to acknowledge how much more work there is to do.

One in 5 Americans is affected by a mental health condition. People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying, and discrimination based on stigma. Stigma is when you, or someone else, views you in a negative way because you have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as shame that can be felt as a judgment from someone else or a feeling that is internal. It can also be explained as something that confuses feeling bad with being bad.

Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough. The isolation, blame, and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support, and living well.

Learning how to cope with stigma and how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us.  The perception of mental illness won't change unless we act to change it.

Mental Health Resources
MPACT Trainings and Workshops
MPACT offers families and professionals a variety of online and in-person trainings. All trainings are FREE of charge.  Please contact us if you would like to schedule a training for your area or organization. You can  RSVP for available trainings  by clicking the button below.

Northern Missouri Region

Special Education: What I Need to Know
May 31 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
St. Joseph Library: East Hills Branch
502 North Woodbine Rd
St. Joseph, MO 64506

Understanding the IEP Process
June 28 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
St. Joseph Library: East Hills Branch
502 North Woodbine Rd
St. Joseph, MO 64506

Disagreement Resolution Processes
July 26 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
St. Joseph Library: East Hills Branch
502 North Woodbine Rd
St. Joseph, MO 64506

Kansas City Missouri Region

Steps to Success: IDEA Part C to Part B
May 26 @ 10:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Kansas City Public Library: Southeast Branch
6242 Swope Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64130

Steps to Success: Parental Rights
May 26 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Kansas City Public Library: Southeast Branch
6242 Swope Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64130

Special Education: What I need to know
June 6 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Mid-Continent Public Library: Woodneath Library Center
Community Room
Northeast Flintlock Rd
Kansas City, MO 64157

Special Education: What I Need to Know
June 14 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County - eitas
8508 Hillcrest Rd
Kansas City, MO 64138

Art of Effective Advocacy
June 16 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Richardson Early Learning Center
3515 Park Ave
Kansas City, MO 64109

Understanding the IEP Process for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
June 18 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County - eitas
8508 Hillcrest Rd
Kansas City, MO 64138

Understanding the IEP Process
July 16 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Mid-Continent Public Library: Woodneath Library Center
Community Room
8900 Northeast Flintlock Rd
Kansas City, MO 64157

Bullying Prevention: What Parents Can Do
July 19 @ 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Kansas City Public Library: West Port Branch
118 Westport Rd
Kansas City, MO 64111

Disagreement Resolution Processes
August 8 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Mid-Continent Public Library: Woodneath Library Center
Community Room
900 Northeast Flintlock Rd
Kansas City, MO 64157

Understanding the Evaluation Process
August 30 @ 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County - eitas
8508 Hillcrest Rd
Kansas City, MO 64138

Understanding the IEP Process
August 30 @ 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County - eitas
8508 Hillcrest Rd
Kansas City, MO 64138

Central Missouri Region

Special Education Law
June 15 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Morgan County Library
600 North Hunter St 
Versailles, MO 65804 

Disagreement Resolution Processes
June 15 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Morgan County Library
600 North Hunter St 
Versailles, MO 65804

Art of Effective Advocacy
June 23 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Sedalia Public Library
311 West 3rd St 
Sedalia, MO 65301

Special Education: What I Need to Know
June 23 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sedalia Public Library
311 West 3rd St 
Sedalia, MO 65301 

Special Education: What I Need to Know
July 20 @ 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Pulaski County Library District: Waynesville Library
306 Historic 66 West
Waynesville, MO 65583

Special Education: What I Need to Know
July 27 @ 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Daniel Boone Regional Library: Columbia Public Library
100 West Broadway
Columbia, MO 65203

Steps to Success: Effectively Communicating your Child's Needs
August 2 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Pathways Community Health Building
Bennett Springs Meeting Room
860 Lynn St
Lebanon, MO 65536

Special Education Law
August 9 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Pathways Community Health Building
Bennett Springs Meeting Room
860 Lynn St
Lebanon, MO 65536

Disagreement Resolution Processes
August 9 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Pathways Community Health Building
Bennett Springs Meeting Room
860 Lynn St
Lebanon, MO 65536

St. Louis Missouri Region

Steps to Success: IDEA Part C to Part B
June 30 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
St. Louis Public Library: Schlafly Branch
225 North Euclid Ave 
St. Louis, MO 63108

Steps to Success: IDEA Part C to Part B
July 14 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Ferguson Municipal Public Library
35 North Florissant Road 
Ferguson, MO 63135

Southwest Missouri Region

Art of Effective Advocacy
May 19 @ 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Springfield Greene County Library District: The Library Center
Community Room
4653 South Campbell Ave
Springfield, MO 65807

Special Education: What I Need to Know
June 11 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Greene County Juvenile Office
933 North Robberson
Springfield, MO 65802

Steps to Success: IDEA Part C to Part B
June 18 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Springfield Greene County Library District: The Library Center
Community Room
4653 South Campbell Ave
Springfield, MO 65807

Disagreement Resolution Processes
July 12 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Greene County Juvenile Office
933 North Robberson
Springfield, MO 65802

Be Determined
July 17 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Independent Living Center
2639 East 34th St
Joplin, MO 64804

Understanding the IEP Process for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
August 7 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism
2808 South Picher Ave
Joplin, MO 64804

Southeast Missouri Region

Understanding the IEP Process
May 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sikeston Nutrition Center
307 Cresat St
Sikeston, MO 63801

Special Education Law
June 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sikeston Nutrition Center
307 Cresat St
Sikeston, MO 63801

Disagreement Resolution Processes
June 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sikeston Nutrition Center
307 Cresat St
Sikeston, MO 63801

Art of Effective Advocacy
June 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sikeston Nutrition Center
307 Cresat St
Sikeston, MO 63801

Positive Behavior Interventions
June 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sikeston Nutrition Center
307 Cresat St
Sikeston, MO 63801
MPACT Employment Opportunities
Do you have the desire and skill to support families in advocating for their children with disabilities throughout the special education process? Do you demonstrate the following unique and comprehensive abilities? If so, please apply for one of  MPACT's open positions !

Open Positions:
  • Regional Coordinator (Northeast/Columbia, MO)
  • Regional Coordinator (Southwest/Springfield, MO)

Job Responsibilities:
  • Provide individual assistance and technical support for families that have children with disabilities in the form of phone, emails, material distribution, and education meeting attendance,
  • Provide assistance to individuals regarding educational and disability-related issues of preschool age children, school age children, and young adults with disabilities,
  • Set up, market, and perform training workshops in conjunction with project and contract requirements, including registering and following up with participants, and
  • Develop and maintain relationships with contract and project collaborating partners as well as agencies, organizations, schools, and groups located within position's assigned area and that focus on serving under-served communities, families of children with disabilities, and youth with disabilities.
 
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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