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Parent Resources

Parent's Guide to Special Education

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education developed this guide to provide information concerning your rights and responsibilities as the parent of a child with a disability as defined in the Missouri State Plan for Special Education.


MPACT is a statewide parent training and information center that serves parents of children with all disabilities. MPACT's primary goal is to assist parents in their effort to effectively advocate for their children's educational rights and services.  MPACT staff and volunteers are located throughout Missouri and work with public and private agencies, parent groups, professional organizations and advocacy groups to achieve that goal.

Parent Toolkits and Training Materials

MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Parental Involvement Resources 

This page includes links to pertinent parent resources such as Parents as Teachers, helping your child with school subjects, and more.

FAST Training Materials (English and Spanish versions) 

"PACER Center’s National Family Advocacy and Supports Training (FAST) Project will provide family support leadership training to families of children with disabilities in the United States and territories."


  • Getting and Keeping the First Job
  • The Journey to Adulthood: What Every Parent Needs to Know
  • Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy
  • Working for Change: Using the Power of a Personal Story

U.S. Department of Education

"The mission of the Department of Education is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access." 


Helpful Resources for Parents

Positive Solutions for Families: Parent Tips 

Center for Evidence-Based Practice:Young Children with Challenging Behavior
This brochure includes eight practical tips for parents of young children with challenging behavior.

The Education Trust

The Education Trust promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college. The goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement. The guide below gives parents and the public tools to collect and analyze school data to improve student achievement.

Center on Technology and Disability (CTD)
CTD is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. CTD offers a range of information and services on the subject of assistive and instructional technologies for organizations, parents, and educators to provide information that supports each in their efforts to bring the highest quality education to children with disabilities.

Learning Disabilities Association of America
Here you will find a wealth of information on understanding learning disabilities, negotiating the special education process and helping your child and yourself.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
NCSET coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and provides information related to secondary education (high school) and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

National ParentNet Association
This site shares the resources of many individuals, groups, and organizations working toward the goal of increasing family engagement through positive youth development.

National Center on Learning Disabilities
NCLD's goal is to help educators, policymakers, and parents understand the complexity and importance of making sound decisions regarding whether a child has a specific learning disability. Our research in this area—including studies of the role of and best practices associated with responsiveness to intervention—is the foundation underlying all of the materials available on this site. 

The Sibling Support Project
The Sibling Support Project is a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns.

Thompson Center, University of Missouri — Columbia
The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri — Columbia was established on April 29, 2005 to promote research, teaching, and service innovations designed to improve the lives of children with ASD and other neurological conditions. The center serves as a resource for families and professionals, providing help today through clinical services and hope for tomorrow through research and professional training.