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. 
Learn about Special Education Law and your Rights!
Wrightslaw in Missouri on May 9, 2019

MPACT is hosting Pete Wright, renowned special education attorney, author, and advocate  in Columbia, MO on May 9, 2019 for a one day seminar.  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. You can learn ore about Pete Wright here:  About Pete Wright, Esq. 

As part of the training, attendees will:
  • Acquire collaborative strategies
  • Navigate complexities of IEPs and 504 Plans
  • Special education law, rights and responsibilities
  • Tests and measurements to measure progress and regression
  • SMART Individualized Education Plans (IEP)
  • Introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy
Learn more and register here:   Wrightslaw - Columbia, MO
Register now - early bird pricing is available until tomorrow, March 1!  

Contact Amey McAllister if you have any questions.  
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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.

Joplin Regional Transition Network - 2019 Links and Resources
March 6, 2019 @ 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
The Independent Living Center
2639 E. 34th Street
Joplin, MO 64804 
Register here:  Joplin Transition Event
Come connect and have your questions answered. Gather resources from the most comprehensive lineup of disability-related organizations for transition to Adult Life students in southwest Missouri! 

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! 

Candidate Career Fair
March 12 @ 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Kansas City Expo Center
11730 N Ambassador Dr
Kansas City, MO 64153
Register here:  KC Candidate Career Fair
Don't miss this opportunity to add talent to your workforce!!  

Franklin County Youth Transition Fair
March 21, 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!

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

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs publishes letters, clarification and guidance on their website?  
OSEP Policy Letters provide information, guidance and clarification regarding implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ( IDEA) through two types of issuances: OSEP Memos and Dear Colleague Letters.

These documents can be accessed here: OSEP Letters.  
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

Section 504 & Students with Disabilities
March 18, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LH Bluford Library
3050 Prospect Ave
Kansas City, MO, 64128

Special Education;  What You Need to Know
March 20, 2019 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Rediscover
1555 NE Rice Road
Lee's Summit, MO 64086 

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

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 

Central Missouri Region  

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, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Missouri Families 4 Families
Jefferson City Baptist Church
3705 Route C
Jefferson City, MO 65109 
 
St. Louis Missouri Region
 
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

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

Southeast Missouri Region

Solving the Employment Puzzle
March 6 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Mineral Area College
5270 Flat River Rd.
Park Hills, MO 63601 

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

McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act Overview
March 13, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pentecostal Power Church 
4025 South Ward Ave.
Caruthersville, MO 63830 

Section 504 and Students with Disabilities
March 13, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Pentecostal Power Church
4025 South Ward Ave.
Caruthersville, MO 63830

Understanding ADHD
March 20, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pentecostal Power Church
4025 South Ward Ave.
Caruthersville, MO 63830

Understanding the IEP Process
March 20, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Pentecostal Power Church
4025 South Ward Ave.
Caruthersville, MO 63830

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

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
 
Northern Missouri Region

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 
 
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 Regional Coordinator in the Columbia, MO area This position will provide parents with  training, information, and resources.  Learn more and apply here:  Regional Coordinator Position
 
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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