SSD Parent Education & Diversity Awareness


    Welcome to the SSD Parent Education & Diversity Awareness Program

    Our Mission: The Parent Education & Diversity Awareness program champions meaningful inclusion, diversity awareness & family engagement through supporting and working with everyone who touches the student's life.

    SSD's parent program is located on the lower level at the Central Administrative Office, 12110 Clayton Road,south of Highway 40, just east of Ballas Road

    Navigation links for this Wiki are in blue below.


    Family & Community Resource Center

    Parent Leadership Institute

    Parent Outreach Project

    Parent Handbook
    District Contact Sheets
    Translated Materials
    SSD Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

    IEP Process Improvement Committee


    Toilet Training

    SSD Technical Education presentation

    Standards Based IEP

    Executive Functioning


    Session Handouts

    Resource Fairs

    Resources to Support Your Child's Learning at Home

    Click below for the Fall Semester 2016


    listing parent workshops and new materials in our Family & Community Resource Center

    Download file "Parent Connection Newsletter Fall 2016.pdf"

    Inclusion Matters - strategies for inclusive education

    Download file "Inclusion-Matters_final.pdf"


    Debra Fiasco:
    Affton, Bayless, Brentwood,Clayton, Hancock Place, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lindbergh, Maplewood-Richmond Heights, Mehlville, Webster Groves, Valley Park, Southview, South Tech and Vocational Skills Program
    TTY 989-8552
    FAX 989-8449
    Michelle Levi Perez:
    Parkway, Pattonville, Ritenour, Rockwood, Litzsinger, Neuwoehner, Lakeside and JDC.
    TTY 989-8552
    FAX 989-8449
    position to be filled soon:
    Ferguson-Florissant, Hazelwood, Jennings, Normandy, Riverview Gardens, University City, Ackerman, Northview and North Tech
    TTY 989-8552
    FAX 989-8449
    Family & Community Resource Center assistant, Rachel Myers (left) 314-989-8431 rdmyers@ssdmo.org
    Parent Program assistant, Sarah Geer (second from left) 314-989-8431 smgeer@ssdmo.org

    The parent program includes:

    Information & Referral:

    We are here to help you understand and effectively participate in the IEP Process, understand your rights, and access district and community resources. Call or email us!

    Parent Workshops (link)

    Parent Connection Newsletter
    See above for full calendar of approximately 50 workshops for Fall 2012 semester

    Family & Community Resource Center

    Family & Community Resource Center
    The FCRC is a clearinghouse of information and referral for parents, students, teachers and other professionals and community members, city or county, public or private. The FCRC contains resources on all disabilities and disability-related areas:

    Breakout Lists of Books and DVD's by Topic in the SSD Family and Community Resource Center

    Resource Packets


    Parent Handbook

    • Disability awareness books, videos and posters

    Download file "ability awareness.pdf"

    Translated Materials (link)

    • Agency pamphlets

    Download file "Summer Funding and Other Funding Resources for Families -  4.8.14.pdf"


    https://ssdfcs.ssdmo.org/groups/ssdparentadvisorycouncilpac/ (link)

    Vision Statement— SSD PAC is committed to working toward real inclusion as well as increasing educational opportunities for children of all abilities.

    Up-to-5 parent representatives are self-nominated, selected or elected from each of the 22 partner school districts and each of the five SSD schools to form the SSD PAC. Terms for members are for two years. SSD PAC representatives consult with:

    • Superintendent of SSD and/or staff

    • SSD Governing Council (made up of one Board of Education member from each of the SSD 23 partner school districts)

    • SSD Board of Education (appointed by the Governing Council)

    • Public Review Committee (appointed for one year, every three years, to review Special School District)

    The purpose of the SSD PAC is to collaborate, educate and advise the above groups concerning the rights and concerns of families of children with disabilities.

    PAC generally meets at 7 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at SSD's Central Administrative Office at 12110 Clayton Road in Town & County.

    All meetings are held at

    Special School District Central Office

    Board of Education Room

    12110 Clayton Road

    St. Louis, Missouri 63131

    314-989-8342, ext. 6650


    Diversity Awareness

    Parent Education & Diversity Awareness disseminates multicultural and diversity resources to SSD staff, families and the community and identifies a variety of professional development resources to address the needs of students from diverse backgrounds. The goal is to assist SSD instructional staff with strategies to increase academic achievement and to broaden staff knowledge about diverse student populations.

    Coordination of disability awareness programs for schools and districts is offered to increase students and staff understanding of diversity in the context of disability-related issues. Staff is also offered assistance in developing student-specific self-advocacy skills and goals.