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Advocacy Isn’t Just for Professionals

What is Everyday Advocacy? Merriam-Webster dictionary defines advocacy as “to support or argue for or plead in favor of”. Being able to advocate for a cause or for oneself is important if we want or need to get the responses we desire. Many people think of advocacy as only legislative advocacy, but it is so…

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July is Parks and Recreation Month

Parks and Recreation Month Individuals experience things differently, and the activities that the Parks and Recreation month provide are no exception. There are many benefits of Parks and Recreation month including: increasing physical activity, relaxation of the mind, bringing people closer together, and fostering collaboration. Parks and Recreation month encourages fun through the use of…

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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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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!…

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’s more than that. 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 Arc’s Pre-Employment Training program…

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Creative Music Making

For the past six years, the St. Louis Arc has partnered with the St. Louis Symphony and Maryville University Music Therapy program for Creative Music Making. Grace Mehan, a long time Arc participant shared her experience as a musician in this year’s program. My Experience in Creative Music Making I was one of the many…

Now Seeking Applications for Interns and Practicum Students

At the St. Louis Arc, we greatly value the practicum students and interns who join us each semester. These students help us provide quality programs, and allow us to learn new perspectives and up to date practices. We enjoy working with students from a variety of schools, both in and out of town, and students…

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Spread the Word

On March 1, 2017 the nation observed Spread the Word to End the Word, a day dedicated for society to stop and think about the use of the R-word. At the St. Louis Arc, the Social Justice Committee honored the day by asking the question “Which words would you like people to use to describe…