Empowering Success Beyond the Classroom

The Special Education Foundation helps children with disabilities in St. Louis County achieve success in school and beyond.

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How We Show Our Support

Established in 1984 as the first public school foundation in the state of Missouri, the Special Education Foundation provides support and assistance to students who receive services from the Special School District of Saint Louis County (SSD).

SSD serves children and youth with disabilities, ages 3 to 21, throughout St. Louis County. More than 16 percent of students in St. Louis County receive special education services. Disabilities range from mild to severe, although the majority of students have learning disabilities. SSD is responsible for special education services in 22 partner districts throughout the county.

How We Help
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How We Help

Learn some more about who we are, what we do, and why we do it.

Our Events
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Our Events

Join us for a great day of golf, a night of fashion, heroes and much more.



Apply for any of our programs, scholarships, and mini-grants.

Get Involved

Learn all about ways to help, community events, and what we do for the children of St. Louis County and the Special School District.

Help aid students who are deaf or hard of hearing through our annual Arbeiter Gift of Sound event.

This year’s un-gala is a raffle with unique prizes. Learn More