Our mission is to empower individuals with disabilities and promote inclusivity through advocacy efforts that lead to legislative and policy change.
Missouri Disability Empowerment (MoDE)
MoDE advocates for change of policies and legislation which impact individuals with disabilities. While MoDE has one registered volunteer lobbyist in Missouri, many representing MoDE have taken their time to talk with lawmakers about the needs of individuals with disabilities.
We believe anyone can advocate and often it is a family affair!
Updates and Calls to Action
2020 Legislative Session
We are gearing up for the next legislative session. Rep. Chuck Basye has agreed to file legislation for us that would prohibit school districts from having recording polices that do not allow parents to record IEP and 504 meetings. We have also been working with Rep. Ian Mackey on strengthening Missouri's law related to seclusion and restraint in schools. We will update our website with these pieces of legislation once they are pre-filed in December.
Therapy For ALL Disabilities
While all 50 states have autism insurance mandates, only three states require therapy coverage for all disabilities. After passing our Therapy for All legislation, we had many from across the US contact us eager to do the same thing in their states. We have devoted a page on our site to helping advocates in other states expand their autism mandates. We would love this to be nationwide. We believe therapies should be available based on need and not disability.
Therapy For MO Children with Disabilities
On July 11, 2019, Gov. Mike Parson signed into law our legislation which will require insurance to cover therapies for children with developmental and physical disabilities. Missouri is the third state to expand coverage to be inclusive of all disabilities. We are so proud to have led this push. A big thank you to our legislators Rep. Chuck Basye and Sen. Denny Hoskins for their leadership!
Join the MoDE Foundation Coalition
MoDE Foundation will be taking over much of our advocacy work with the exception of our legislative efforts. This is a slight change, but we think it will have a big impact on our ability to effectively advocate. MoDE Foundation is forming a coalition of individuals, businesses, and organizations who share the common mission of empowering individuals with disabilities through grassroots advocacy and by promoting inclusivity. Be part of this free coalition. Together we can and will achieve more!
Navigating Our Site
This site features the work of MoDE. MoDE's advocacy priorities are in alignment with MoDE Foundation's priorities. Learn more about MoDE by reading its Mission, Vision, and Values and Who We Are. Find out how you can get involved with MoDE's work.
We have done our best to make this site accessible to all individuals. If you have trouble accessing parts of the site, please contact us so we can fix it.