Sharon’s Tips and Tools

The St. Louis Arc provides information connecting families to resources in a variety of ways. From phone calls and email inquiries, to workshops and in-person meetings, family members and individuals with disabilities look to the Family Support team for resources and referrals daily. This spring we’ve begun sharing key resources through the use of video….

Arc in the Park

Summer Fun

The school year is coming to an end and warm weather is in full swing. Julie Thompkins, Family Navigator for the St. Louis Arc, has assembled a list of activities, events, and parks for Arc families to enjoy. This list provides options for families whether your goal is to get active outside or to escape…

Enjoying pizza

Find a Job You Love

Make a difference. Work for the St. Louis Arc! The St. Louis Arc employs more than 300 people who provide direct support to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. From college students working in our summer teen programs to people starting a new career, Arc employees are provided the training needed to be successful in…

learning social skills

What is Next?

The St. Louis Arc is excited to introduce Next! Next provides focused, impactful supports for individuals with autism or learning differences. What is Next? Next provides focused, impactful supports for individuals with autism or learning differences. This division of the St. Louis Arc helps individuals navigate what is next in various aspects of their lives….

Exploring Art

This spring the St. Louis Arc’s Community Engagement (CE) program held an eight-week art class for participants. Spearheaded by the Far West CE site, the program enrolled 25 individuals in the class, representing all six of the CE and AWE sites. Each class began with a review of the materials being used: brushes, canvas, and…

Understanding Autism

The Disability May Be Invisible, But the Person Is Not Autism is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Over the last 10-15 years, awareness and understanding of autism has grown significantly. However, in my role as Vice President of Autism and Clinical Services at the St. Louis Arc, I…

Residential Opportunities

Finding a place to call home can be a challenging process. We can help. The St. Louis Arc is currently looking for adults who are seeking a unique residential opportunity. We offer experiences that maximize an individual’s independence, while providing 24-hour support to ensure a safe and healthy environment. Residential options with the St. Louis…

Job Coaching through Supported Employment

Recognizing Great Employees

The St. Louis Arc is the provider of choice for many individuals with disabilities when it comes to employment. The Arc’s Supported Employment team works with individuals through pre-employment, job discovery, exploration, development, coaching, and retention. The goal of our work is to help an individual not just find a job, but begin and excel…

Katharine Rug

Ask the Dietitian

A newly released study states that “people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have poorer health outcomes and are more at risk for a number of secondary health conditions compared to nondisabled people.” (Friedman, 2019)  This year the St. Louis Arc has set a goal of implementing a broad Nutrition Initiative focused on promoting healthy eating…

Register for Spring and Summer Programs

The 2019 Spring and Summer Leisure Times is now available! Registration is due by March 15. The Arc’s Leisure team offers many opportunities for teens and adults with disabilities to stay active and engaged. New this season is the Arc’s Ukulele Club! This new program allows participants to learn a new instrument while promoting social…