Our core values of respect, collaboration, and empowerment drive everything we do. 

Our mission is to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to lead better lives by providing a lifetime of high-quality services, family support and advocacy. We work hard to provide the kind of individualized services that can really help make a difference to an adult… to a child… to a family. Services provided are designed to maximize choice and to support people, as they build quality lives within the St. Louis community.

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Fall Family Support Workshops

The 2018 Fall Family Support Workshop schedule is now available. The Workshop Series is designed to provide in-depth information on topics related to supporting family members with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Workshops are free and open to everyone.

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Building Leadership for a Lifetime

The St. Louis Arc is committed to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families as they pursue the lives they want and deserve. A key component of support is advocacy.  The Arc has partnered with disability advocate Larry Opinsky to offer a six-part advocacy training – Arc Advocates Building Leadership for…

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How Common are Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders? 

Unfortunately, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are probably much more common than previously thought! FASD is a term used to describe a wide range of effects that can happen when alcohol is consumed during pregnancy.  Often “hidden”, they may not be visible immediately in a baby. For instance, struggling with learning, managing behavior, and handling…

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