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What We Do

The Special Education Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to assist students with disabilities in St. Louis County in achieving success in ways not supported by tax dollars. With your help we can make a difference. Learn more and get involved.

  • What we enjoyed most was that our son could be away from home independently. He enjoyed the pool, lazy river, and slides. Without the Kid-toCamp program, it would've been very difficult to afford this wonderful opportunity for my son to attend Camp Barnabas.

Our Impact This Year

The 2023 fiscal year for the Special Education Foundation was an extraordinary year of firsts in our mission to assist students with disabilities in St. Louis County in partnership with the Special School District. Among the highlights was that SEF positively impacted students who receive special education services in St. Louis County. We accomplished this through our programs, from purchasing hearing aids, eyeglasses, assistive communication devices, and adaptive equipment for students to sending kids to camp and college scholarships.

Our grants to teachers and schools made an enormous impact by supporting activities such as bringing the arts to classrooms, student field days and school celebrations, and sensory equipment to help develop social skills and learning for students.

SEF’s Critical Needs program brought coats, hats, and gloves for students, and food baskets during winter, spring, and summer breaks helped families overcome food insecurity. This year’s Fred Saigh Leadership Academy class was incredibly impressive as they engaged with community leaders throughout their year-long program.

All of this would not have been possible without the generosity from individuals, businesses, and foundations in the St. Louis region.

  • in Student Financial Assistance


  • Students helped last year


  • Helping students since 1984

    39 years