CONNECT to Your Community through MEET-UP

CONNECTING to Your Community If you stopped into the Rock Hill Trainwreck Saloon on a Friday in early May, you may not have thought it any different than any other Friday. There were people chatting, eating, or watching a game on TV. However, on this particular Friday, 35 people from our Meet-Up group were spread across…

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month Each year, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition encourages all Americans to #MoveInMay. Why? It’s National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! What a perfect time to focus on being more active, and becoming a healthier you! National Physical Fitness and Sports Month was designated to raise awareness about…

National Nurses Week

Thank You St. Louis Arc Nurses With over 600 staff at the St. Louis Arc, we have many amazing people making a difference in the lives of those we support. This week we take the time to thank four of those amazing staff members, Alice, Sara, Mele, and Bernice – our St. Louis Arc nurses!…

Thank You Teachers

Celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week During the first full week in May, the National Education Association (NEA) celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week. The celebration, according to the NEA, has two main goals: Thank America’s teachers for their commitment to students and for their work to create great public schools for every student. Encourage talented and…

Superheroes for Kids Guests

Superheroes for Kids

Celebrating Childgarden Over 350 guests joined the St. Louis Arc for the annual Superheroes for Kids event on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The event, raising over $275,000 for children’s programs, is made possible through the leadership and creativity of honorary co-chairs, Mary and David Steward II, and event chairs, John and Mimi Londoff. The evening…

Sharing Advice in Honor of Autism Awareness Month

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we sat down with several parents from the Arc’s Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) early intervention program at Childgarden Early Childhood Center. The Early Start Denver Model, or ESDM, is a curriculum used by St. Louis Arc therapists when interacting with children with an autism spectrum disorder. The program…

Children's Music Therapy

Join the Arc for Children’s Music Groups

What are Children’s Music Groups? Children’s music groups utilize music therapy techniques and principles that support children in developing abilities that are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Classes assist children in learning to be successful in a small group setting, while having fun. A music therapist leads the classes, bringing with…

Residential Home

What is Person Centered Planning?

Person Centered Planning is a process used to help people with disabilities identify what they want their life to look like. The process is often used in Individual Education Plans (IEP), Individual Family Plans (IFP), and Individual Support Plans (ISP). What makes Person Centered Planning unique is that the individual receiving support drives the process…

Changes to Call-A-Ride Help Those with Set Schedules

Metro Call-A-Ride is adding a new option for those riders who use Call-A-Ride on a consistent, set, schedule. The new subscription ride service allows Call-A-Ride customers to pre-book their rides when they use the service three or more times in a week and travel to the same location. The service allows a rider to set…

Pre-employment Training

Pre-Employment Training: More Than a Job

Often when we discuss “pre-employment training” people tend to think of assisting an individual in learning how to do a job.  However, there is much more to successful employment training.  When you have a confident, joyful, well-rounded individual, you are more likely to have a successful and satisfied employee. Pre-Employment Training Program The St. Louis…