Our History

Missouri Disability Empowerment (MoDE) Foundation began with six moms sitting around a table dreaming of a better future for their children with disabilities in June, 2018.

They believed people with disabilities have a right to quality work and living experiences, and this begins with inclusive education and communities.

Board room table with computer and hands visible

As they planned their advocacy efforts, they realized they would need to create a charitable organization to help people and communities throughout the state.  MoDE Foundation officially became a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in October, 2018.  

MoDE Foundation works with Missouri Disability Empowerment (MODE), a 501(c)(4) organization that focuses on legislative advocacy.  MoDE Foundation is able to bring disability/inclusion issues to MoDE that will require stronger efforts in the legislative arena.