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State Resources
State Special Education Website
http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/

Due Process Hearing Decisions
http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/Complaint_System/DPDecisions.html



 

 

Advocates & Attorneys

HEATH BURCH, CFP (Special Needs Family Planning)
The Special Needs Planning Center
1251 NW Briarcliff Pkwy., Suite 110
Kansas City, MO 64116
Phone: 816.741.1100
Email: hburch@thesnpcenter.com
Website: http://www.thesnpcenter.com
Areas of Practice: We are a family and financial planning firm exclusively serving families with special needs by helping coordinate their legal and financial plans. Issues we address with families include guardianship, social security education, special needs trust direction and continuity of care planning.
Geographical Area: Kansas City - Las Vegas - New York - Topeka - Dallas

 

REGINA BRYANT (Advocate)
Regina Bryant Kid Coach & Educational Advocate
34 North Brentwood Blvd. Suite 5
Clayton, MO 63105
Phone: 314.721.7284
Email: kidcoach@sbcglobal.net
Website: http://www.reginabryantkidcoach.com
Areas of Practice:Assisting Parents/Guardians to understand their rights and responsibilities as a Parent/Guardian of a child with special needs. Experienced, Degreed, Special Educator, Licensed Professional Counselor and former School Counselor providing a full range of advocacy services. These services may include but are not limited to, Individualized Case Assessment, Early Intervention Services, IEP/Section 504 Consultations, Meeting Advocacy & Representation, Correspondence Assistance, Transition Services, Individualized Case Management and General Consultations.
Geographical Area: Greater Saint Louis Region

 

 

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LYNN FOUST (Family Organization)
F.A.C.T. (Family Advocacy and Community Training)
800 Friedens Road, Suite 200
St. Charles, MO 63303

Phone: 636.949.2425
Fax: 636.724.3664
Email: lfoust@factmo.org
Website:
http://www.factmo.org
Areas of Practice:We assist families that have children with developmental disabilities by providing education advocacy. We provide parents information on school processes, educational law, and available options for their children. We are a non-profit organization funded by the DDRB (Developmental Disabilities Resource Board).
Geographical Area: St. Charles County, Missouri



ROSHONDA FRANKLIN-EPPS (Advocate)
Let's Talk Special Ed

Farmington, MO 63640

Phone: 573.326.9658
Email: advocate@let'stalkspecialed.com
Website:
letstalkspecialed.com
Practice Areas: Special education Advocates and consultants; helping parents with IEP's and the special education process.
Geographical Area: Serving Greater St. Louis region and the Southeast Missouri/Parkland area; Farmington and Cape Girardeau.

 

BRIAN HERNDON (Advocate)
Missouri Center for Inclusive Education

1321 Parkdale Road
Maryville, MO 64468

Phone: 660-254-9753
Email: moinclusion@gmail.com
Website:
https://www.moinclusion.org
Practice Areas: I've served as LEA for 100's of IEP meetings, and I’ve been the classroom teacher representative in dozens more. I'm a parent of a child with a disability. I understand both sides! Let me help you navigate this complicated world of special education! Don't go it alone! I’m here for you!

I assist families through the IEP process, advocate for their child, and teach them to advocate.

I teach and train parents on IEP’s, FAPE, LRE, and NDE, so that your child gets the most from the IEP.

Be proactive, contact me today! Don’t wait until there’s a problem!

Geographical Area: All of Missouri!

 

KELLY HULETT FOSTER (Attorney)
Kelly Hulett Foster, LLC
626 Hawbrook Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63122

Phone: 314.482.2167
Email: kfoster@khfllc.com
Website: www.khfllc.com
Areas of Practice:
Special Education Legal Assistance
Special Education Advocacy
Special Education Consulting
Attendance at School Meetings
Representation in Due Process Procedure
Geographical Area: Missouri

 

THOMAS KENNEDY, III (Attorney)
Law Offices of Thomas E. Kennedy, III, L.C.
230 S. Bemiston Ave. Ste. 800
St. Louis, MO 63105

Phone: 314.872.9041
Email: tkennedy@tkennedylaw.com
Website:
http://www.tkennedylaw.com
Areas of Practice: Civil rights, special education, disability rights, guardianships, foster care and adoptive parent representation, social security appeals
Geographical Area: Missouri and Illinois

 

JANET MACIAS (Advocate)
2432 Rockwater Circle
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Cell: 757.322.0854
Email:rosana.jana@rocketmail.com
Areas of Practice: Special Ed law; IDEA; Individual Education Plan development/review/and consultation; mediation; conflict resolution; autism, emotional disabilities, deaf/hearing impaired, pervasive developmental disorders,other health impaired, and learning disabilities,
Geographical Area: Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Missouri, Colorado.

Master's Degree in Special Education from Univ. of TN. and Doctorate from Vanderbilt Univ. Special Educator and Administrator for many years. Dr. Macias is a life-long advocate for children and families with special needs.

MARILYN MCCLURE, BS CRP (Advocate)
Special Education Parent's Advocacy Link LLC
502 State Route E
Strasburg, MO 64090

Phone: 816.865.6262
Email: kcspecialed@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.specialeducationrights.com
Areas of Practice:
*participate in IEP/504 meetings
*document review
*records reviews
*assist in parent in preparation for filing complaints
*suspension hearings
*manifestation determination meetings
*avoid due process through other avenues
*prepare and participate in mediation
*long-distance participation in IEP meetings via telephone
*founded by Marilyn McClure, BS CRP (google for more info)
*Marilyn is former teacher and parent of adult with Developmental Disabilities
*military family STOMP trained advocate, assistig Whiteman AFB and Fort Riley, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Leonard Wood.
*available for group concerns
Geographical Area: Kansas statewide and Missouri statewide

Please have IEP/504 plan ready to share so that we may preview it (please mail, e-mail or fax it).
We are truly independent from the schools; unlike government agencies or federally funded training centers, we are ADVOCATES who stand up for the parent. SEPAL advocates do special education exclusively.

This is not a free service.

Never go to an IEP alone. Parents are often bamboozled.

Mediation is an avenue often worth considering; we are advocates who can go with the parent into mediation; contact SEPAL before requesting.

Delay by the parent often works against the student.

SEPAL advocates are not attorneys and do not give legal advice. We have years of experience working the educational system(s).

 

WALLACE MCCLURG (Advocate)
The Ohio Phoenix
221 Calverts Lane
West Portsmouth, OH 45663

Phone: 740.352.8512
Phone: 740.352.8512
Phone: 740.768.8373
Email: wdmcclurg@gmail.com
Practice Areas: Specializing in IEP & 504 Plans
Geographical Area: Primary areas are Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. However, I do have clients in Indiana and Missouri. I will go where ever their is an individual with special needs in need of my service.

My rates are negotiable as I am for the individual, my KIDDO. My company's motto is "A Maverick for My KIDDOS".

 

HEATHER NAVARRO (Attorney)
Law Offices of Thomas E. Kennedy, III, L.C.
230 S. Bemiston Ave. Ste. 800
St. Louis, MO 63105

Phone: 314.872.9041
Email:hnavarro@tkennedylaw.com
Website:
http://www.tkennedylaw.com
Areas of Practice: Civil rights, special education, disability rights, guardianships, foster care and adoptive parent representation, social security appeals
Geographical Area: Missouri and Illinois



AMANDA PATTON (Advocate, Speech Language Pathologist, MS. CCC-SLP)
Nixa R-II Schools
1025 South Ranoake Avenue
Springfield, MO 65807

Phone: 417.300.4486
Cell: 417.300.4486
Email: ayk0035@msn.com

Areas of Practice:adhoc advisor MSU, SLP, speech language pathologist with ECSE, K-4 speech & language, developmental speech and language classroom.
Geographical Area: Nixa, Springfield, Ozark

I have worked as a speech language pathologist for over 11 years and am currently employed at Nixa R-II Schools at the new magnet STEAM school. I have a passion for ensuring that all students have a voice. I have been disappointed with discussions I have had with parents in rural areas and the lack of services and their lack of knowledge of services/rights.



KATHIE PONTIKES, Ph.D.
(Advocate)
Dunamis Consultants, LLC
3046 Hawthorne Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63104

Phone: 314.640.2886
Email: kpontikes@dunamisconsultants.com
Website:
https://www.dunamisconsultants.com
Areas of Practice:Advocacy for IEP meetings and Due Process Hearings:
-Full review of IEPs, and all documents pertinent to student placement.
-Interviews with the family regarding the student's overall educational experience.
-Recommendation for effective educational planning, procedures for implementation, and strategies for parent/teacher conferences and IEP meetings.
-Advocacy representative for parents during school conferences, IEP meetings, and due process hearings.

ADA Guidelines for students with service dogs:
-Procedures regarding IDEA and ADA's Section 504 for special education students, specifically those on the Autism Spectrum.
-Guidelines for service dogs and emotional support animals in accordance with ADA.
-Accommodations for service dogs in educational settings, public facilities and employment arenas.
Geographical Area: Great St. Louis Region

 

SHELAH SCHENKEL (Counselor)
Serenity Life Coaches LLC
4650 S. National Ave., Suite D-8
Springfield, MO 65810

Phone: 314.872.9041
Email: Shelah@serenitylifecoaches.com
Website: http://www.serenitylifecoaches.com

Areas of Practice:Remediate dyslexia
Skills training for autism
Developmental disabilities

Geographical Area: SW Missouri


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