The Lay Educational Advocacy Program (LEAP) was designed to train professionals, community members, and parents who want to ensure an appropriate education for children with disabilities. LEAP supports Missouri families during the special education process. LEAP training sessions teach:
Enroll for the LEAP Online Series
The full LEAP training delivered through a self-paced learning experience is comprised of 13 individual courses each taking an hour to an hour and a half to complete. Courses can be taken independently by topic area or sequentially in the full series. Learners may only be interested in taking one or two courses, and complete the full series in order, or jump around based on learners’ interests and needs. All choices are welcome.
Spanish versions of LEAP online materials and training videos are available for bilingual advocates and parents.
To enroll, visit: Enroll for LEAP here
Attend a Live Training
The LEAP Training can be delivered live, virtually or in-person over three 6-hour training days. Live trainings can be:
Check back for future Live Training dates hosted by the LEAP Network Partners.
For more information about hosting a training for an organization or agency contact MoFamilytoFamily@umkc.edu
Become a Certified Missouri Lay Educational Advocate
Consider becoming a certified LEAP advocate, if you have a desire to help families and individuals prepare for and navigate Special Education services and meetings in your community. These individuals have completed the LEAP online or in-person training and have demonstrated knowledge and advocacy skills through the completion of additional advocacy activities.
LEAP certified advocates:
For more information, or to begin your certification, contact MoFamilytoFamily@umkc.edu
Funding for the Lay Educational Advocacy Project provided by the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC), Grants #1801MOBSDD Seq. No.: 2018 / 4, #1901MOSCDD-02, #2001MOSCDD-02 and as authorized by Public Law 106-402 – Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act).