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Missouri Lay Educational Advocacy Training-Kansas City

Missouri Educational Advocacy Network
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Jan 29 8:00AM - 4:00PM

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This workshop is designed for those who are interested in learning the basics of Special Education law,
rights of those receiving services, as well as the skills for partnering and advocating for students with
disabilities and their families in educational settings.

Trainees will receive a foundational, 2-day training that will provide an overview of:
Basic advocacy skills and how they apply to the educational setting
The foundational concepts of an IEP and 504
Transition Planning

In addition, trainees who attend both days will be awarded a certificate of completion of the foundational
training, mentoring during their 40-hour practicum, and the opportunity to receive a one day follow-up
training, date TBD. Completion of all requirements will result in certification as a Lay Educational Advocate.
Accompanying handouts and lunch will be provided at no charge to attendees.




What is a Certified Missouri Lay Educational Advocate Banner


Families and individuals navigating the confusing Special Education system often feel lost, alone and outnumbered when it comes to being able to make their needs and wants known when in educational meetings such as an IEP or 504 planning meeting. A Certified Missouri Lay Educational Advocate will have the knowledge and skills needed to assist families and individuals with preparation for, as well as during educational meeting settings.

Certification in the first cohort of Missouri Lay Educational Advocates can be obtained by completing the following requirements:

Attending the foundational, 2-day training
Completing 40 contact hours with families and/or individuals, mentored by experts in the field
Attending the one day follow up training

More information will be provided at the training or can be obtained by emailing bellcd@umkc.edu or 816-235-1761.



Missouri Educational Advocacy Network

Learn more about a newly forming network of professionals and organizations committed to ensuring accurate and user-friendly information and services are available to families who need support in partnering and advocating for free, inclusive and appropriate education for their child.


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Project funded by the Missouri Developmental Disability Council with funds from grant #90LT0002 from the US Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC 20201 and awarded to UMKC Institute for Human Development, UCEDD. Points of view or opinions do not represent official positions of the UMKC, any partners or funding sources.

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