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!

The 2021 MO Legislative session has begun. We are working with legislators on two main issues--recording IEPs and seclusion & restraint. We will be having conversations about other legislation and its impact on individuals with disabilities. Follow along and support our bills!

Updates 

Flat MoDE Kids
With COVID, many of our children will not be joining us in our advocacy efforts at the capitol. Our trips will be more limited than in the past. In an attempt to help our children stay connected, we have created Flat MoDE Kids. Every legislator will be given a Flat MoDE Kid and information about the child. Lawmakers will be encouraged to take photos with their Flat MoDE Kids, which we will share on our social media and webpage.

 

How a Bill Becomes a Law
We send out regular updates on our legislative priorities through email and our Facebook page, but the legislative process can be very confusing. What happens after a bill is voted out of committee? Does it become a law when the entire House votes in favor of it? This "simple" chart outlines the path a bill takes to become a law. You can use it to locate where our bills are and what steps they still have to complete.

 

Legal Advocacy Fund
MoDE Foundation has established a legal advocacy fund. We recognize that IEP meetings are complicated and know that parents often benefit from the support of an advocate at these meetings. Sometimes a lawyer might even be needed. We want to support families as they advocate for their children's education by providing grants for advocates or lawyers. Not only can parents apply for a grant, but there is also information about mediation and a list of advocates & lawyers in MO who will support parents with issues related to special education.

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MoDE Foundation

While MoDE focuses on legislative disability advocacy, MoDE Foundation looks at the bigger picture of advocacy. MoDE Foundation is a coalition of individuals who not only support MoDE, but also have other projects. From educating parents to providing grants, MoDE Foundation empowers those with disabilities and promotes inclusion.

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.

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