The St. Louis Arc is excited to partner with Autism Speaks for a Transition to Adulthood Town Hall. On Thursday, August 8 a panel of experts will discuss how to begin planning for your child or teen with autism to transition to adulthood. In addition to local experts, the panel will also include an area family and young adult who have recently experienced the joys and challenges of this transition period.

Free Town Hall Event

Transition-aged students with autism (12-21), family members, school staff, adult service system professionals, and policymakers are welcome to attend the Town Hall. Topics covered will include:

  • The challenge of transition
  • How and when to begin planning
  • Building a roadmap
  • Available resources
  • Financial considerations
  • Employment and other options

Registration is required for this free event. Individuals should RSVP at or reach out to for questions.

Transition to Adulthood Town Hall

August 8
5:30 p.m. – Resource Fair
6:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion, followed by Q&A
The Lodge Des Peres, Maple Room
1050 Des Peres Rd., Des Peres, MO 63131

Transition Services

Recently the Arc introduced Next, programs which provide focused, impactful supports for individuals with autism or learning differences. The programs in Next help individuals find their motivation, navigate support, and celebrate when goals are reached. “Since we’ve started Next, we’ve seen many families who are relieved to have some guidance,” says Gabrielle Szarek, Director of Transition Services. “Transitioning from high school is tough for most and when you or someone in your family has autism, planning early for that transition can be a huge help.”

For additional information or resources on transitioning to adulthood, contact Gabrielle Szarek, Director of Transition Services, at 314-817-2255.

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