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Supported Employment

Empowering All October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. The benefits to work include financial independence and security, increased self-confidence, personal…

Supported Decision Making

How did you make decisions in the last month? Did you get advice about a medical procedure, google information about car repairs, or talk to your best friend about a relationship issue? We all get support for decision-making. Why can’t the same be true for a person with a disability? An Alternative to Guardianship Arc…

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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A Sunny and Successful Autism Invitational

The St. Louis Arc welcomed eighty golfers to the scenic Boone Valley Golf Club for the 8th Annual Autism Invitational. This year’s tournament raised more than $185,000 to support autism and behavior services programs for over 1,000 children and adults with autism in the St. Louis community. New to the tournament this year, golfers were…

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Celebrating 30 Years of Golf

This summer the St. Louis Arc’s Leisure Services celebrated 30 years of its highly popular golf program. The program began in 1988 at the suggestion of volunteer John Russell. John worked with Arc staff, as well as Mike Miller from Paradise Valley Golf Course to get the program up and running. Thirty years later, the…

St. Louis Arc – What’s in a Name?

It started with a small seed in the 1950s: an idea that all children had the right to an education, medical care and places to play, regardless of their abilities or disabilities. Back in 1950, there weren’t many choices if you had a child with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD). Services and supports were…

St. Louis Arc Strategic Plan 2019-2022

What is Strategic Planning? Strategic planning is a process used by nonprofit agencies, businesses, and organizations, which empowers agencies to review and evaluate programs while planning for the future. The process provides an opportunity to reassess services and ensure that an agency is doing their best to fulfill their mission. Every four years, the St….

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St. Louis Arc Kids Need Your Help

For many mid-July seems too early to start thinking of kids returning to school. However many St. Louis schools begin classes in less than 30 days! With less than a month before school starts, St. Louis Arc kids need your help. Now in its 14th year, the St. Louis Arc Back to School Drive supports…

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Your Vote Counts

Tuesday, August 7 is election day! Are you registered to vote? At the St. Louis Arc we know advocacy comes in many forms. One of the easiest ways to advocate for yourself or a loved one with a disability is to exercise your right to vote. The first step as an Arc Advocate is to ensure…