MoDE Foundation: Missouri Disability Empowerment Foundation

You can help families

Every year, We help hundreds of families with their special education needs… here’s how:


Special Education Clinics

Several times a year, we travel to locations throughout the state to provide information on Family Support. We offer Special Education Stations, training opportunities, and individual advocacy.


We advocate for those with special needs legislatively because many changes need to happen outside of individual school districts. Our Director of Legislative Advocacy communicates the needs of families to Missouri families.


Parents and guardians are often the best advocates for their loved ones. However, there is a learning curve, so we provide as many resources as possible to help families navigate advocacy.

MoDE Foundation

Missouri Disability Empowerment Foundation

The MoDE Foundation, born from the vision of six moms in June 2018, strives for a brighter future for children with disabilities. We believe individuals with disabilities deserve quality educational experiences and supports.

The foundation emphasizes inclusion of all children with disabilities. Recognizing the need for a charitable organization to support statewide initiatives, MoDE Foundation officially became a 501(c)(3) organization in October 2018.

Since then, it has expanded both formally, by strengthening its Board of Directors, and informally, by fostering volunteer engagement. Additionally, MoDE is dedicated to legislative advocacy, amplifying efforts to address disability and inclusion issues at the state level.

You can change policies

Since 2018, MoDE Foundation has empowered individuals receiving special education services and their families through grassroots advocacy and by promoting inclusivity.

MoDE Foundation is represented by one registered lobbyist in Jefferson City, as well as many volunteer MoDE Foundation advocates.

We believe anyone can advocate and should advocate. Often it is even a family affair!

Ashlly says:

Before I came to the clinic, I felt hopeless. I had been through a very difficult year with my child. He had several disabilities and I had repeatedly asked the school for help and they had told me they didn’t see any signs of disabilities and did not feel that he needed any kind of assistance.

After visiting with MoDE advocates, I definitely felt empowered. I had no idea where to go or who to turn to, and I feel like MoDE was with me every step of the way.

Donate Your Time

Can’t donate funds?
We are always looking for volunteers…