SSD Parent Leadership Institute – Fall 2021

  • SSD’s Parent Education and Diversity Awareness Program is seeking applicants interested in participating in the 2021 SSD Parent Leadership Institute.

    Parent Leadership Institute participants have the opportunity to:

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


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

    The three sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, Sept. 29, and Oct. 6, 2021, at SSD Central Office, 12110 Clayton Road, 63131.

    In-person sessions are currently planned, and further information will be provided to participants if there are any changes prior to the first session. If in person attendance is possible, dinner will be provided with all sessions.

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Testimonials from Parent 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!"