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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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A Lifetime of Support – A Staff Perspective

People around the Arc are used to hearing the phrase “a lifetime of support,” but what does that really mean? As a staff member, I know the St. Louis Arc’s high-quality supports and services exist because of an uncompromising commitment to equipping people for their best possible lives. Friendships, relationships, and community belonging are critical…

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…

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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…

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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Starting 2017 with the Need for Arc Advocates

As many of us are aware, Congress and the new administration is currently trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare.  The timing is unclear but the expected vote is to happen before President’s Day, February 20, 2017. The Issue Enactment of the ACA was the most significant law for people…

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Accreditation: Bringing Everyone Together

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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Candidates Respond to Questionnaire on Disability Issues 

CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR STATEWIDE OFFICE While the general focus of the November 8, 2016 elections has been on the presidency, it is important to remember the state and local races that will make a difference in our daily lives.  This fall, the St. Louis Arc partnered with 13 other Missouri organizations to ask candidates about…

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Preparing for the Upcoming Elections

Now, more than ever, it is important to register to vote. In addition to voting for the next President of the United States, we are also electing senators, representatives, and other important officials. The men and women who win during this election will be the ones to take action towards a more inclusive community. We…