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. 
Here comes Spring!

Training Opportunities
It's finally Spring in Missouri and MPACT has been working hard to give parents all of the special education learning opportunities possible.  We have more than 35 trainings scheduled between now and the end of April, and we are scheduling more every week.  You can find all of our trainings here:  Upcoming MPACT Trainings and Events .  

Training Collaboration with Schools, Organizations, and Agencies
If you work for a school, an organization, or an agency that serves families of children who receive special education, consider contacting us to schedule an MPACT training. We currently collaborate with numerous school districts, organizations, and agencies and know that this collaboration is a great way to reach families! You can find a list of the trainings that we offer here: Available MPACT Trainings.  And remember, all of our trainings are free!

One to One Personalized Assistance 
One to one personalized assistance means that MPACT's staff is just a phone call or email away! Our staff is located throughout the state and is equipped to assist parents. We know that no two children are the same and it is our mission to empower you to become effective advocates for your children.  We do this by providing personalized support over the phone, via email, and in person.  

What is the best way to contact MPACT?
If you have questions about your child's education or feel like you need support, call us at 800-743-7634 or fill out a website submission here:  Contact MPACT.  A staff member located closest to your area will contact you and, depending on the situation, provide information and resources to help you navigate your child's education.  Don't wait any longer - make today the day that you ask for the help you need!   
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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.   
Special pricing is available until April 1st!
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.

Transition Skills Day  
March 28, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Empower U
518 S. 6TH Street            
St. Joseph, MO 64501  
More information at 
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 postsecondary 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


Section 504 & Students with Disabilities
March 23, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kansas City Public Library: Waldo Branch, Room B
201 E 75th St
Kansas City, MO, 64114  

Disagreement Resolution Process
March 27, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Whole Person
3710 Main St
Kansas City, MO 

Understanding the IEP Process for ADHD
April 1, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kansas City Public Library: North East Branch Library
6000 Wilson Rd
Kansas City, MO 64123
 
Steps to Success: IDEA Part C to Part B (Transition from First Steps to Early Childhood Education)
April 1 @ 10:00 am -  12:00 pm 
Kansas City Public Library: Waldo Branch,  Room B 
201 E. 75th Street 
Kansas City, MO 64114 
 
Special Education Law
April 6 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kansas City Public Library: Waldo Branch, Room B
201 E 75th St
Kansas City, MO 64114  

Disagreement Resolution Process
April 8 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Kansas City Public Library:  Waldo Branch, Room B
201 E. 75th St
Kansas City, MO 64114

Understanding the IEP Process for Parents of Children with Autism
April 11, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Kansas City Public Library: Waldo Branch
Room B, 201 E 75th St
Kansas City, MO 64114  

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 Law
March 21, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ilrc In-Home Services, Inc.
1760 Southridge Dr
Jefferson City, MO 65109
 
Understanding the IEP Process
March 26, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ilrc In-Home Services, Inc.
1760 Southridge Dr
Jefferson City, MO 65109

Special Education - What you Need to Know
March 28, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Camden County Library
89 Rodeo Rd
Camdenton, MO 65020 

Disagreement Resolution Process
April 2, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Missouri Families 4 Families
Jefferson City Baptist Church
3705 Route C
Jefferson City, MO 65109 

Understanding the IEP Process
April 4, 2019 @ 10:30 am -  12:30 pm 
Sedalia Public Library 
311 W 3rd St. 
Sedalia, MO 65301
 
April 10, 2019 @ 10:30 am -  12:30 pm 
Columbia College
550 Blue's Lake Parkway 
Rolla, MO 65401 

Special Education: What I Need to Know
April 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm -  8:00 pm 
Children's Therapy and Early Childhood
408 S. Missouri 
Mexico, MO 65265

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
 
 
March 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am  11:00 am
Head Start Office 
1911 Beltway Drive 
St. Louis,  MO 63114

Understanding the IEP Process
March 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Head Start Office
1911 Beltway Drive
St. Louis, MO 63114

Section 504 & Students with Disabilities
March 29, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jefferson County Library: Arnold Branch 
1701 Missouri State Rd 
Arnold, MO 63010 

Art of Effective Advocacy
April 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am -  11:00 am 
Head Start Office
1911 Beltway Drive 
St. Louis, MO 63114
 
Disagreement Resolution Process
April 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Head Start Office
1911 Beltway Drive
St. Louis, MO 63114

McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act Overview
April 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm -  2:30 pm 
Scenic Regional Library: Warrenton Branch
12 S. State Highway 47 
Warrenton, MO 63383 
 
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 


Bullying Prevention;  What Parents Can Do
March 26, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, Inc.
6327 Us Highway 63
West Plains, MO

April 2, 2019 @ 4:00 pm -  7:00 pm 
Independent Living Center
2639 E. 34th Street 
Joplin, MO 64804
*IEP's will be reviewed by MPACT staff after the training

April 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am -  11:00 am 
On my Own
428 E. Highland Ave. 
Nevada, MO 64772

April 5, 2019 @ 11:00 am -  12:00 pm 
On my Own
428 E. Highland Ave. 
Nevada, MO 64772 

Understanding the IEP Process and IEP Clinic*
April 5, 2019 @ 1:00 pm -  5:00 pm  CDT
Joplin Public Library
1901 E 20th St 
Joplin, MO 64804
*IEP's will be reviewed by MPACT staff after the training 
 
April 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am -  2:00 pm 
The Library Center at Springfield Public Library
4653 S. Campbell 
Springfield, MO 64810 
*IEP's will be reviewed by MPACT staff after the training  
 


Steps to Success;  Effectively Communicating your Child's Needs
March 22, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
DAEOC Early Headstart
315 E. Broadway St. 
Hayti, MO 63851
 
Be Determined
April 8, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
SEMO Alliance
755 South Kingshighway St.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Understanding the IEP Process
April 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm -  7:30 pm 
SADI
755 South Kingshighway St 
Cape Girargdeau, MO 63701
 
Special Education Law
April 9, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Poplar Bluff Regional Office
2351 Kanell Blvd.
Poplar Bluff MO 63901 

Solving the Employment Puzzle
April 17, 2019 @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Perry Park Center
800 City Park Ln
Perryville, MO 63775 

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
 

What is MPACT
April 17, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Missouri Care 
3831 Frederick Ave. 
St Joseph, MO 64506
 

The Art of Effective Advocacy
April 17, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Missouri Care 
3831 Frederick Ave. 
St Joseph, MO 64506 
 
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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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