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To accept funding from the MoDE Foundation Special Education Legal Advocacy Fund the following criteria must be met:

Agree to comply with all applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the regulations implementing the Act including regulations governing employment practices.

Have a minimum of 32 hours in continuing education in the areas of special education which is satisfied by completing the COPAA New Attorney/Advocate Class 1.0 or submit written qualifications to MoDE Foundation board at for consideration.

Preference given to members of Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA).

Below is a list of advocates that meet the above criteria.  This is not an exhaustive list of advocates throughout the state, so contact us at if you are an advocate, meet the criteria, and would like to be added.  

Note: MoDE Foundation does not endorse or recommend any advocate.  This list is for information only to assist families in finding an advocate.

Check back soon for the advocate profiles.

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Interested in becoming an advocate?

There is a serious shortage of advocates in Missouri.  If you have a passion for helping families and have experience with the special education process, then you could be a great candidate to become an advocate. 

Some examples of people that have the potential to make incredible advocates are: special education teachers, retired teachers, parents, retired legal professionals, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, etc.

This can be a part time or full time opportunity.  Click the "I'm Interested" button below and we would be happy to talk to you about how to become an advocate.

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