The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's special education support system. Please contact the state education agency or follow the included links for more detailed information.

Educational definitions of disabilities

  • Autism - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Intellectual disability - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional disturbance and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at eligibility definitions.

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, Missouri reported the following:

  • Autism - 8,742 students, seventh highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 9,950 students, fifth highest among disability populations
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 6,177 students, eighth highest among disabilities populations

Support service structure

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Special Education monitors and supports special education services provided by public schools. Additional support is provided by the Regional Professional Development Centers Network and Project ACCESS, which supports services related to autism.

Task forces

Missouri's Blue Ribbon Panel on Autism submitted its final report in December 2007.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Missouri does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse. Statewide resources for autism are Project ACCESS, Navigating Autism Services and the Autism Spectrum Disorders: Guide to Evidence-Based Interventions.

Disability scholarship program

Missouri does not have a disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Missouri enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See Missouri insurance for more information.

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, Missouri had 49 supervisors (direct service providers) and 108 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information centers

Missouri Parents Act is Missouri's parent training and information center.

Secondary transition resources

Information and resources related to secondary transition in Missouri are available at secondary transition.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Missouri is a member of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.

Special education resources

Information on resources for families is available from the local school district and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is provided at parent resources.

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