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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…

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Supported Decision-Making

“When Britney Spears chose this week to share her personal experience living under a conservatorship, she shined a national spotlight on the problems of guardianship systems and the damaging and potentially devastating impact they can have on people’s lives.”– Statement from Disability Justice and Supported Decision-Making Advocates This week, The Arc of the US joined…

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Leading the Way

When you first meet Michkeal and Samantha, it is clear that they are leaders. These two young adults are friendly, open, and excited to meet new people – perfect traits to help lead a group to empower others and connect people. The St. Louis Self-Advocates is a new group founded through the Arc this past year. Their…

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Find Your Place At the Arc

Finding your place at the St. Louis Arc is simple. With positions open in various departments in the organization, you can find a truly rewarding job empowering people to live their best life. The Arc serves more than 4,000 children, teens, and adults with autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, intellectual and other developmental disabilities. We…

NextEd Challenge

One of life’s major milestones is stepping out on your own for first time. Whether you move to a college dorm, find a roommate and an apartment in the city, or you rent or buy your first home; taking that first step can be daunting. Next, the St. Louis Arc’s transition department, is offering a…

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We Love Our Volunteers

The St. Louis Arc would be unable to provide the quality programs and supports we offer without the help of the hundreds of volunteers who give their time each year. As with many things over the last year, volunteering during the pandemic has brought both challenges and opportunities. So, when everything came screeching to a…

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Accreditation Accomplished

Since 1983, the St. Louis Arc has been continuously accredited by The Council on Quality & Leadership (CQL), an international non-for-profit organization. We consider this distinction a badge of honor because CQL standards are recognized by federal and state government as benchmarks for excellence. Additionally, few organizations who specialize in taking care of people with disabilities ever…