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. 

Happy New Year!

MPACT wishes you and your families a Happy New Year!   2019 is officially here and students across the state are back in school for the second half of the year.    

Many students with disabilities have a difficult time adjusting at this time of the year.  The time off in December and January can wreak havoc on their schedules, the winter weather can become burdensome, and back to school can be challenging.   

Understood.org has excellent suggestions for making the second half of this year go well.  You can find the article here:  7 Tips for Jump-starting the Second Half of the Year
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Event Spotlights

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.

Lake Area Transition Fair | Osage Beach, MO
March 8, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
State Fair Community College
3797 Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Register here:    Lake Area Transition Fair
Come join us for a transition fair for youth with disabilities! There will be breakout sessions presented on a variety of topics, as well as resource tables set up for employment, continuing education, and independent living. There will be drawings for door prizes, and lunch will be provided! 

Franklin County Youth Transition Fair
March 19, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
East Central College (Not Main Building)
1964 Prairie Dell Road
Union, MO 63084
Conference Room A/B
Come and learn about how to plan for life beyond high school. Planning your life can be complicated. Whether it is finding work, continuing your education, or participating in leisure activities, there are many crucial decisions you have to make. Come and find out what services are available to help you make these decisions and build the life you want. 
Contact  Nichole Brinkmann for more information! 

 
Special Education News

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE)Office of Special Education, is proposing changes to the state plan/regulations implementing Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
The proposed changes and summary charts are available for inspection until January 24, 2019 and written comments are being accepted until that day.   The proposed changes can be found here:   Proposed State Plan Changes 2019.   
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

Note:  We are making changes to our registration process to make your visitor experience seamless across multiple platforms.  If you do not see the training you are interested in listed on the website, please call 800.743.7634 and a staff member will assist you.

Kansas City Missouri Region

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

Understanding the IEP Process
February 8, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LH Bluford Library
3050 Prospect Ave
Kansas City, MO, 64128

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

Section 504 & Students with Disabilities
March 18, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
LH Bluford Library
3050 Prospect Ave
Kansas City, MO, 64128

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

Central Missouri Region  
 
The Art of Effective Advocacy
January 25, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Missouri Care Community Room 
4205 Phillips Farm Road 
Columbia, MO  65201 

Understanding the IEP Process
January 25, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Missouri Care Community Room
4205 Phillips Farm Road
Columbia, MO 65201

Special Education Law
January 26, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Columbia Public Library
100 W. Broadway 
Columbia, MO 65205 

Disagreement Resolution Process
January 26, 2019 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Columbia Public Library
100 W. Broadway
Columbia, MO 65205

Steps to Success; Effectively Communicating Your Child's Needs
January 31, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Camden County Library
89 Rodeo Rd
Camdenton, MO 65020 

Special Education Law
February 7, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ilrc In-Home Services, Inc.
1760 Southridge Dr
Jefferson City, MO 65109 

Student Led IEP Meetings
February 19, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Ilrc In-Home Services, Inc.
1760 Southridge Dr
Jefferson City, MO 65109

The Art of Effective Advocacy
February 21, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Polk County Library
1690 West Broadway St
Bolivar, MO 65613 
 
Understanding the IEP Process
February 21, 2019 @11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Polk County Library
1690 West Broadway St
Bolivar, MO 65613 

St. Louis Missouri Region
  
Art of Effective Advocacy
January 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hope High School 
307 West Pitman 
O'Fallon,  MO 63366

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

Special Education Law
February 13, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Farmington Public Library -  Dayse Baker Room 
101 North A St
Farmington, MO 63640 

Understanding the IEP Process
February 13, 2019 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Farmington Public Library - Dayse Baker Room
101 North A St
Farmington, MO 63640 
 
Understanding the IEP Process
February 15, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jefferson County Library: Arnold Branch 
1701 Missouri State Rd
Arnold, MO 63010 

The Art of Effective Advocacy
February 27, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Farmington Public Library - Dayse Baker Room
101 North A St
Farmington, MO 63640 

Disagreement Resolution Process
February 27, 2019 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Farmington Public Library - Dayse Baker Room
101 North A St
Farmington, MO 63640
 
The Art of Effective Advocacy
March 6, 2019 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Special School District of St. Louis County
SSD Central Office
12110 Clayton Rd.
Town & Country, MO 63131 

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 

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 

So uthwest Missouri Region

The Art of Effective Advocacy
January 28, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Springfield-Greene County Library District: The Library Center
4653 S. Campbell Ave. 
Springfield, MO 65810

Steps to Success; Effectively Communicating Your Child's Needs
February 1, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
On My Own, Inc. 
428 E Highland Ave 
Nevada, MO 64722 

Understanding the IEP Process
February 27, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Second Baptist Church
3111 East Battlefield St
Springfield, MO 65804 

Southeast Missouri Region

Bullying Prevention; What Parents Can Do
February 4, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
SEMO Alliance
755 South Kingshighway St. 
Cape Girardeau, MO, 63701

Bullying Prevention; What Parents Can Do
February 4, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
SEMO Alliance
755 South Kingshighway St. 
Cape Girardeau, MO, 63701

Understanding ADHD
March 4, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SEMO Alliance
755 South Kingshighway St. 
Cape Girardeau, MO, 63701
 
Understanding ADHD
March 4, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
SEMO Alliance
755 South Kingshighway St. 
Cape Girardeau, MO, 63701

Be Determined
April 8, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
SEMO Alliance
755 South Kingshighway St.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

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

Northern Missouri Region

Trainings will be scheduled on our website soon!

Note:  We are making changes to our registration process to make your visitor experience seamless across multiple platforms.  If you do not see the training you are interested in listed on the website, please call 800.743.7634 and a staff member will assist you.
 
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Join our Team!   MPACT is hiring a Multicultural Coordinator in St. Louis, MO t o assist parents of culturally diverse or traditionally under-served populations in the St. Louis metropolitan area.  This position will provide parents with culturally appropriate training, information, and resources.  Learn more and apply here:  St. Louis City 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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