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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…

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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…

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Accreditation 2021

Over the next few weeks Arc families, participants, employees, and community partners may receive communication about the upcoming accreditation process with The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL). You may have found yourself asking, what is accreditation and why does it matter? What is Accreditation? In most jobs, employees receive annual reviews to gain feedback on how they…

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Meet Blaire

She’s spunky and independent. With a radiant smile and infectious laugh. That’s how you’ll remember four-year-old Blaire. Working her way down the stairs in her bright pink helmet. Striking a pose for the camera wearing her biggest hair bow. Insisting on the tricycle – not the wagon – when she’s outside with her friends. “We…

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Launch in the City

In 2019 the St. Louis Arc launched Next, a new area of services that provides focused, impactful supports for individuals with autism or learning differences. Understanding that not everyone needs the same level of support, these programs support individuals as they navigate what is next in various aspects of their lives. Individuals choose the areas…

Parks and Recreation Month

The Leisure Services team has been hard at work continuing to provide services to keep participants and families socially involved and engaged via virtual supports. As we celebrate Parks and Recreation Month this year, we are experiencing many things a little differently. Now, more than ever, we see the need to get out and play!…

A Virtual Summer

As summer kicks off amidst a pandemic, the St. Louis Arc staff and participants are finding new ways to stay connected and involved in the Arc’s summer programs. From teen programs to cooking classes, the Leisure staff have found ways to continue to provide educational and socialization opportunities, while still having fun. Cook In Your…