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February 2021

Student-Led IEP

February 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm CST

Engaging students to participate in their IEP meetings has been shown to develop student's skills in self advocacy and self-determination. This training will provide students with a better understanding of what an IEP is and why it is important as well as how to participate in and present information at their own IEP meetings.

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The Art of Effective Advocacy

February 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
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March 2021

Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School

March 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm CST

This training discusses tips for the transition from elementary school to middle school as well as information surrounding IEPs components.

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Parents Facilitate, Youth Take Action

March 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CST

The information discussed in this training will help parents and youth understand the importance of planning for life after high school. Hands-on activities are provided for youth to practice using skills for problem solving, goal setting, and participation in their IEP meeting. Materials include information about Self Determination, and Self Advocacy Skills, including the importance of youth participating in their own IEP Meetings.

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Understanding the Evaluation

March 3 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am CST

The evaluation process is the first step in determining if a child needs special education services, a Section 504 Plan or another educational intervention. Parents need to understand the reasons to have a child evaluated, the steps in the evaluation process and the options that can be pursued if there is a disagreement about evaluation.

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Understanding ADHD

March 6 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am CST

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? How do you qualify? Who can diagnose it, prescribe medications, and offer counseling? Does a child with ADHD automatically qualify for an IEP? This training will answer these questions and many more. It will also provide strategies for parents to teach their children how to manage their symptoms. Also included are “Tips for Teachers” for specific instructional strategies that can be used in the classroom.

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Special Education: What I Need to Know

March 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CST

This free training helps you to understand the many aspects of obtaining special education services for your child with a disability.

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Student-Led IEP

March 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST

Engaging students to participate in their IEP meetings has been shown to develop student's skills in self advocacy and self-determination. This training will provide students with a better understanding of what an IEP is and why it is important as well as how to participate in and present information at their own IEP meetings.

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Be Determined (Youth Focused)

March 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST

This training is for young adults who have disabilities to learn the process of being in charge of one's life. Leadership skills taught include advocating for yourself, leading and participating in your own IEP and making choices and decisions about career, education and living

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El Arte de Abogar Eficazmente

March 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
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Art of Effective Advocacy

March 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
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Understanding the IEP

March 16 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

Your child’s IEP is the cornerstone of their education. This workshop offers an in-depth look at the evaluation process, qualifying for an IEP, the many components that must be addressed in the IEP document, as well as how progress will be monitored. As a result of this training, parents will gain a better understanding of their role as an equal participant in the IEP Process.

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Understanding the Evaluation

March 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT

The evaluation process is the first step in determining if a child needs special education services, a Section 504 Plan or another educational intervention. Parents need to understand the reasons to have a child evaluated, the steps in the evaluation process and the options that can be pursued if there is a disagreement about evaluation.

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Special Education Law

March 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm CDT
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Understanding the IEP

March 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
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Art of Effective Advocacy

March 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT

If you have, or work with a child with a disability, this training is for you. Learn the importance of keeping and organizing your child’s records, as well as what information needs to be in your child’s file. We will also discuss how to communicate more effectively with your child’s school district and the importance of working collaboratively to solve problems.

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April 2021

Understanding the IEP

April 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT

Your child’s IEP is the cornerstone of their education. This workshop offers an in-depth look at the evaluation process, qualifying for an IEP, the many components that must be addressed in the IEP document, as well as how progress will be monitored. As a result of this training, parents will gain a better understanding of their role as an equal participant in the IEP Process.

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Solving the Employment Puzzle

April 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT

This training centers on employment for youth with disabilities by presenting two distinct strands: self-determination and "do-it-yourself" strategies for parents and concrete information about employment and how to access adult services for teens/young adults. Curriculum is tailored from region to region to local service delivery systems, youth programs and employment resources.

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Section 504

April 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT

The term “Section 504” refers to a specific part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities by any program or activity that receives federal funding. This includes all public schools and any private schools that receive federal funds. Learn about the legal background of Section 504, the evaluation process, 504 plans and services and the procedural safeguards in place to protect individuals with disabilities.

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Special Education Law

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am CDT

In order to be effective when advocating for your child's education, you need to understand the laws that can impact their educational experience. This training will provide an overview of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Family Educational Right to Privacy Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and No Child Left Behind.

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Spring Into IEPs Mini Conference

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

Join us for a mini conference to learn about MPACT and the special education process. It will feature three 20 minute break out sessions on topics including First Steps Parental Rights, Assertive Communication, Steps of Special Education, and Student Led IEPs. The conference will end with a Q&A session.

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Special Education Mediation

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT

This training is designed to provide an overview of what Mediation is as well as what a mediator does and does not do. It will help parents understand when and how to request mediation, what to expect from mediation, and most importantly how to plan and prepare for an upcoming mediation.

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Positive Behavioral Interventions

April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT

Parents and teachers will be taught a different way to think about problem behavior. Often behaviors are a form of communication. With this training you will learn the importance of a Functional Behavioral Assessment, how to reinforce positive behavior as well as how to develop a Positive Behavior Support Plan.

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IDEA Part C to B

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT

This workshop is designed to help parents of young children make a smooth transition from IFSP (Part C of IDEA) services to IEP (Part B of IDEA) services. Learn when the transition process should begin, what the difference in services will be, as well as the difference in qualification criteria.

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McKinney Vento

April 12 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am CDT

This workshop provides an overview of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This act focuses on ensuring that highly mobile children and youths have the same education options as their peers. In addition to protecting individuals considered homeless, the needs of those waiting for a foster care placement are also addressed.

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Be Determined

April 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT

This training is for young adults who have disabilities to learn the process of being in charge of one's life. Leadership skills taught include advocating for yourself, leading and participating in your own IEP and making choices and decisions about career, education and living.

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Family Record Keeping

April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT

This workshop is designed to help families understand the importance of keeping and organizing their child's records. We will discuss what types of records and documentation are important to keep and why

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Section 504

April 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT

The term “Section 504” refers to a specific part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities by any program or activity that receives federal funding. This includes all public schools and any private schools that receive federal funds. Learn about the legal background of Section 504, the evaluation process, 504 plans and services and the procedural safeguards in place to protect individuals with disabilities.

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Section 504 and Students with Disabilities

April 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT

The term “Section 504” refers to a specific part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities by any program or activity that receives federal funding. This includes all public schools and any private schools that receive federal funds.  Learn about the legal background of Section 504, the evaluation process, 504 plans and services and the procedural safeguards in place to protect individuals with disabilities.

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Understanding the IEP

April 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT

Your child’s IEP is the cornerstone of their education. This workshop offers an in-depth look at the evaluation process, qualifying for an IEP, the many components that must be addressed in the IEP document, as well as how progress will be monitored. As a result of this training, parents will gain a better understanding of their role as an equal participant in the IEP Process.

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Important Details

In-person trainings are offered throughout the state of Missouri. Parents living outside the state are permitted to attend but are encouraged to attend trainings in their home state. States have different laws and procedures regarding how children with disabilities receive special education and related services.

MPACT offers parents 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.

Please register for any of the workshops you would like to attend so we can send you electronic copies of the materials and notify you of any changes in the schedule.

If there is inclement weather and the school district located in the area where the training is being held cancels school, the MPACT training will also be cancelled. Participants who have registered online will be notified via email.

 

 

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