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Enhance Your Organization’s Advocacy

Your organization or community can benefit from having a team of trained special education advocates. Organizations can support a staff group or community members through the LEAP training two ways:

  • Group-facilitated online training: Organizations can lead a group through the free, online training using the facilitator’s guide developed to reinforce learning and encourage group discussion about the training content.
  • Sponsored, live training: The LEAP training can be delivered live, virtually or in-person by our team of advocacy experts by request.

To learn more about how to host a LEAP training series at your organization, or in your community, contact to get started.

Join the Missouri Educational Advocacy Network

The Missouri Educational Advocacy Network is a statewide network of organizations and advocates who:

  • Assist and enable concerned citizens to master information and negotiate systems to help secure the educational opportunities that are a civil right and legal mandate for students with disabilities.
  • Ensure and provide accurate information on the complex issues surrounding Missouri’s educational system to raise competency levels of those who advocate on behalf of students with disabilities. These are people who have a shared interest in increasing the capacity of Missouri organizations, professionals, and parents in advocating for special education services and supports for Missouri’s children with disabilities.

This group meets quarterly to:

  • Network with other educational advocacy stakeholders
  • Stay current on state and federal policies and laws
  • Identify successes and barriers around educational advocacy for inclusive education across Missouri
  • Share training and other opportunities to build capacity

 If you’re interested in learning more about the Network or want to get involved, contact


Member List:

  • UMKC- Institute for Human Development (Lead)
  • MO DD Council (Funders)
  • Family Advocacy and Community Training
  • Missouri Family to Family Resource Center
  • Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
  • Missouri Protection & Advocacy
  • MO Parents Act
  • MO Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • MoDE
  • Central MO Community Action
  • Arc of the Ozarks
  • Families and Self-Advocates

Contact us at:

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).