Arc in the Park

Summer Fun

The school year is coming to an end and warm weather is in full swing. Julie Thompkins, Family Navigator for the St. Louis Arc, has assembled a list of activities, events, and parks for Arc families to enjoy. This list provides options for families whether your goal is to get active outside or to escape…

Understanding Autism

The Disability May Be Invisible, But the Person Is Not Autism is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Over the last 10-15 years, awareness and understanding of autism has grown significantly. However, in my role as Vice President of Autism and Clinical Services at the St. Louis Arc, I…

Transitioning to a New Year

Transitions can bring feelings of joy, fear, nervousness, or uncertainty. As we transition to a new year, the Arc would like to highlight the ways we support individuals and families during transitional periods of their lives. Children This past fall, the Family Support team welcomed Julie Thompkins in the new role of Family Navigator. In…

St. Louis Arc Strategic Plan 2019-2022

What is Strategic Planning? Strategic planning is a process used by nonprofit agencies, businesses, and organizations, which empowers agencies to review and evaluate programs while planning for the future. The process provides an opportunity to reassess services and ensure that an agency is doing their best to fulfill their mission. Every four years, the St….

School Supplies

St. Louis Arc Kids Need Your Help

For many mid-July seems too early to start thinking of kids returning to school. However many St. Louis schools begin classes in less than 30 days! With less than a month before school starts, St. Louis Arc kids need your help. Now in its 14th year, the St. Louis Arc Back to School Drive supports…

Make the Promise

There are many things we learn in our lifetime that don’t have a direct affect on us in the moment. Honestly, when was the last time we needed to use a logarithm in our daily lives? However, knowledge is power. Knowledge helps us make informed choices, helps us counsel friends, and guide loved ones. When…

Two young students going back to school

Back to School on the Right Foot

For 13 years, the St. Louis Arc has partnered with businesses and individuals in the St. Louis community for the St. Louis Arc Back to School Drive. This year, 150 children were identified from our Capable Kids and Family, Parents Learning Together, and Belle Children Services programs for the drive. With a Little Help From…

Autism Invitational Chairs

An Astronomical Autism Invitational

Ninety-two golfers enjoyed 18 holes at Boone Valley Golf Club for the 8th Annual Autism Invitational. This year’s tournament raised more than $210,000 to support St. Louis Arc programs that touch the lives of 1,000 children and adults with autism in the St. Louis community. Tournament participants were provided with eclipse glasses and had the…

Butterfly at Childgarden

The Impact of an Inclusive Learning Environment

Many people choose to send their children to the St. Louis Arc’s Childgarden Early Childhood Center because they value the inclusive education that is provided.  However, some people may be unclear of the real impact that inclusive schools have on all children. I would like to share a touching story with you from the Bluebirds classroom that highlights…