A Season of Giving

Have you ever thought there is something about the holidays which makes people more charitable? If you have, you would be correct! Nonprofit agencies rely on the spirit of giving, specifically year-end giving, to be able to provide support and services to those in the community. The St. Louis Arc empowers people with disabilities and…

Not A Single Drop

Go The Whole 9 This spring the St. Louis Arc partnered with Webster University students to create a public service announcement for the Go the Whole 9 campaign. Go the Whole 9 is an awareness campaign funded through the Department of Mental Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the United Way to educate…

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Exciting Happenings for Teens

Summer is over and your teen is probably adjusting to a new school year. The Arc is here to support their development with one of several teen programs. Whether your teen could use some assistance with their social skills, or they just want to stay active and meet new friends, the Arc’s Leisure department has…

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MOD Pizza – People First

“Welcome to MOD Pizza!” Walk into any MOD Pizza, and you’ll be warmly and loudly welcomed by the staff behind the counter and in the dining room. MOD Pizza takes being a welcoming place to a higher level. It’s part of their mission – their people-first mission. Spreading MODness means many things, but mostly it…

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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…

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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…

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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…

What Does it Mean to Live “Independently”?

How I Felt Before My Autism Diagnosis Recently we came across an article by Thomas Hassell, a contributor to The Mighty, titled “How I Felt Before My Autism Diagnosis”. Thomas shared how he is different now, verses when he was younger. That got us thinking about Arc participants who are transitioning to living independently, many…

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Supporting Positive Behavior in Teens

Lindsey Moore, Behavior Specialist and Carly McElvaine, Leisure Coordinator offer strategies they use to support positive behavior in teens.  Each topic will follow the story of an individual who is dealing with a specific problem. While this article will relate to situations at the St. Louis Arc’s summer programs, the strategies can be adapted to other…