Understanding the IEP Process

IEP GOALSParents: Do you know your rights and responsibilities in your child’s IEP? Do you know how important your participation is, and how important the legally binding IEP is to your child’s education? It’s never too early or too late to gain more information, or to help other parents. You can take advantage of the upcoming presentation from MPACT.

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 and their responsibilities as IEP team members. Continue reading

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Max Starkloff’s Fight for Disability Rights

Max StarkloffJoin us at the next book signing at Left Bank Books
Tuesday, February 17, 2015  at 7:00 p.m.
You may buy or bring your book to this special event. Author Charlie Claggett will read excerpts, answer questions, and sign personal copies of your book. This event is free and open to the public. An eBook version is now available on Amazon. An audiobook is now in production and will be available in the first half of 2015.

Max Starkloff and the Fight for Disability Rights
tells the powerful story of Max’s life and legacy, and his work that is carried on today at the Starkloff Disability Institute.

From nursing home prisoner to international human rights leader, Max Starkloff spent his life breaking down barriers.  After breaking his neck in a car accident at age 21, doctors offered Max little hope for survival or any quality of life.  Max did not accept this fate. He fought to live a full and independent life. In doing so, Max helped create a political and social movement that changed the world, all without lifting a finger. Author Charles E. Claggett, Jr. takes you on the journey in the life of an extraordinary individual.

Max Starkloff and the Fight for Disability Rights
is published and available for purchase in bookstores, by The Missouri History Museum, and on Amazon.

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Parental Input for Education

SSDMO PACFeedback Session
Hosted by SSD’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC) February 11, 7-9 p.m.
Parent feedback plays a crucial role in helping the SSD Parent Advisory Council (PAC) communicate concerns and advocate for improvements. Click here to learn more about the PAC. Parents only are invited to participate in the event, which will be facilitated by Dr. April Regester, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The event will be held in the Board Room at SSD’s Central Office, 12110 Clayton Road in Town & Country. Continue reading

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