Did you know that all public schools (district and charter) are required to include and educate students with special needs under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)? Schools must create specialized academic plans, referred to as individualized education programs (IEP)s, for children with special needs. IEPs are tailored so the child can reach his or her full potential. Before a student can receive special education services, he or she must be evaluated for eligibility.

 

Missouri Parent Act- MPACT

MPACT’s staff consists of parents of children with disabilities, therapists and educators  who can help to answer some of your questions. Find out about the services offered at MPACT’S online resource or at 1-800-743-7634.

 

Kansas City Public Schools Exceptional Education

Find information about the special education services Kansas City Public Schools offers online or at 816-418-8941.

Inclusive Catholic Schools – FIRE Foundation

Several local Catholic schools are welcome students with special needs into classrooms through the FIRE Foundation. The FIRE Foundation, an independent 501(c)3 organization, makes it possible for partner Catholic schools to hire special educators and paraprofessionals and to acquire learning materials and technology that create successful learning experiences for all children. The following Catholic schools in our area are FIRE partners:

Helpful Links

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – Special Education

Council for Exceptional Children

The Children’s Advocacy Project of Kansas City

Disabilityscoop.com

Parenting Children With Special Needs

Missouri Family to Family

Special Needs Planning Center

Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents

Good Reads

“Exceptional Learners: An Introduction to Special Education,” Daniel P. Hallahan

“Somebody Else’s Kids,” Torey L. Hayden

“Wonder,” R.J. Palacio and Raquel Jaramillo

 

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