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Meet Jake

Make An Impact During Giving Tuesday Making Choices, For a Life in the Community Jake Martine will tell you his ultimate goal in life is to “live and dream big.” And to Jake, that means having fun in life, having a job, a home of his own, getting married and having a family, growing big…

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Day Services Expansion

The Community Engagement (CE) team is excited to announce several changes and the expansion of services. CE is expanding its day program to include an additional Aging With Empowerment (AWE) site and a new day program called LIFT (Learning Independence For Tomorrow). The LIFT program will offer intensive skill-building to individuals needing additional support managing their behaviors. Along with…

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Giving Tree 2021

Each year families who participate in our Capable Kids and Family and Parents Learning Together programs receive holiday gifts as part of the annual St. Louis Arc Giving Tree. In the past the Arc has partnered with businesses and individuals in the St. Louis community who buy gifts off a child’s wish list. Without the…

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Share Your Opinion

 Your Help is Needed With the anticipation of additional changes to funding and legislation, it is vital that we think critically about the support the St. Louis Arc offers as we move forward. The agency is currently developing the strategic plan for 2023-2026, and we turn to our participants, family members, and guardians to provide valuable feedback to…

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Building Employment Skills Virtually

Each October, the St. Louis Arc recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This national campaign raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The St. Louis Arc’s Supported Employment team works with individuals who want to explore finding employment, but need to build upon their skills to find competitive employment. …

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2021 Fall Family Workshop Series

In an effort to continue to keep individuals, families, and staff safe, the St. Louis Arc’s Family Workshop series will continue to be held in a virtual format this fall. The Family Support team continues to expand the topics offered through these workshops based on feedback from families and staff. Register and Watch Later The…

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Go the Whole 9 

FASD Awareness Month September 9 is recognized as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders FASD Awareness Day. This day, the 9th day of the 9th month, symbolizes the 9-months of pregnancy that a woman should remain alcohol free. Over the last decade, awareness efforts have grown and September is now set aside as International FASD month. The St. Louis Arc’s…

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Using Their Voices 

The St. Louis Self-Advocates, the Arc’s newest advocacy group, kicked off their summer programming in a big way. Hosting “St. Louis Self-Advocates Present: An Evening with Rep. Tracy McCreery”, the group took full advantage of the time policymakers spend working in their home districts. The young self-advocates invited local legislators to meet virtually for a question-and-answer session to ensure their voices were heard on various issues.    Advocating and…

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Launching into New Areas

The St. Louis Arc is excited to announce the expansion of Launch into St. Charles County and Jefferson County. With the support of funding from DDRB and DD Advocates, the expansion offers qualifying residents of St. Charles County and Jefferson County free access to the virtual Launch program.   Next and Launch In 2019 the St. Louis Arc launched Next,…

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Navigating Supports 

With hundreds of private and state programs supporting more than 4,000 individuals and families, navigating the vast world of supports at the St. Louis Arc can be overwhelming. Additionally, as individuals develop and age, so may their needs and interests. The Arc strives to assist people in finding the right resources, whether offered internally or externally. The Arc has identified several key staff roles to…