SSD Family Leadership Institute

  • Family Leadership Institute participants have the opportunity to:

    • Build an understanding of future planning and problem-solving using Charting the LifeCourse tools.
    • Learn to effectively participate in their student's education and improve the educational climate for all children.
    • Learn how to positively interact and collaborate with other families and school personnel.
    • Discover new resources and network with other families.


    This program, which is offered at no cost to participants, is designed for family members who are the educational decision-makers for a student with a disability.

    FLI is typically held during three in-person sessions at SSD's Central Office, from 5:30-8 PM. Dinner will be provided for attendees. This year's second-semester dates and topics are:

    • April 17 - Self-Determination
    • April 24 - SPED Process
    • May 1 - Utilizing Charting the LifeCourse

Testimonials from Family Leadership Institute Graduates

    • "I am so thankful for this workshop and for the information and materials you’ve shared with me. Thanks for facilitating the training so well. It’s great to have a safe space to talk openly with experts and other parents about education, IEPs, 504, inclusion, challenges, etc. The choice of speaker, topics, resources and lending library was all great. Amazing group of people. Chance for honest conversations. Helps me be a better advocate and team member."

    • "Amazing experience – tons of knowledge shared. Lots of great connections with families. Better understanding of IEP process. I feel empowered to do more and create positive change. Opened my eyes to some realities approaching with transition to adulthood."

    • "We received a lot of great information in this class! I has made me change the way I look at the whole process, and how I approach things with my daughter. I am so grateful that I was given this opportunity!"

    • "You’ve enabled me to think more positively and concretely about my son’s future. I have always said 'there’s no outline for me to follow' – but you’ve given me the framework I desired, support and connections!"
  • Spring 2023 Family Leadership Institute Graduates


  • Contact FACE (Family and Community Engagement)

    314-989-8460 -or- MO Relay (Deaf/HOF) 711