Meet the Seger Family

When first meeting the Seger family, most people will be immediately drawn to the energetic, smiling young brothers. These boys are typical brothers – they argue, are competitive, they play fight, and they watch out for each other. The Seger family has been part of the St. Louis Arc since 2013. Both Tanner and Dominic…

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A Lifetime of Memories

My mother was an amazing cook. Honestly, everyone wanted a care package from her when they were sick. Her Thanksgiving feast for her family of 10, and all their mates and friends, were massive and legendary.  One of my mother’s traditional Thanksgiving dishes, however, rarely got eaten – the lime green Jell-O ring with pineapples and…

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Make A Difference This Giving Tuesday

What is Giving Tuesday? Celebrated the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday is a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. #GivingTuesday celebrates generosity by providing people everywhere with an opportunity to give more, give smarter, and give great. Guiding Families Last week we introduced you to the Saputo family. Peter, Susan,…

Meet the Saputos

Guiding Families

At the St. Louis Arc, supporting the whole family is a vital part of our mission. No one understands that more than the Saputo family. Peter and Susan Saputo are quintessential St. Louisans. Born and raised here, they met, married and brought twin boys, Jack and Joe, into the world 18 years ago. Susan states,…

Introducing Arc’s Open Family Center

Keeping up with the information needed to make informed choices can be daunting and it’s easy to be overwhelmed by overload and anxiety. During our most recent strategic plan, the St. Louis Arc continued our commitment to provide families with information when they need it and in a variety of formats to meet each person’s learning…

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I Vote Because

This October the St. Louis Arc is joining other organizations in sharing the importance of voting in the November mid-term elections. Organizations around the nation are asking people to complete the statement “I vote because…”. Ann Mangelsdorf, assistant director of Family Support and Advocacy shares “it’s fun and inspiring to see what motivates people to…

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Supported Employment

Empowering All October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. The benefits to work include financial independence and security, increased self-confidence, personal…

Supported Decision Making

How did you make decisions in the last month? Did you get advice about a medical procedure, google information about car repairs, or talk to your best friend about a relationship issue? We all get support for decision-making. Why can’t the same be true for a person with a disability? An Alternative to Guardianship Arc…

Building Leadership for a Lifetime

The St. Louis Arc is committed to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families as they pursue the lives they want and deserve. A key component of support is advocacy.  The Arc has partnered with disability advocate Larry Opinsky to offer a six-part advocacy training – Arc Advocates Building Leadership for…

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How Common are Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders? 

Unfortunately, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are probably much more common than previously thought! FASD is a term used to describe a wide range of effects that can happen when alcohol is consumed during pregnancy.  Often “hidden”, they may not be visible immediately in a baby. For instance, struggling with learning, managing behavior, and handling…