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Navigating Supports 

With hundreds of private and state programs supporting more than 4,000 individuals and families, navigating the vast world of supports at the St. Louis Arc can be overwhelming. Additionally, as individuals develop and age, so may their needs and interests. The Arc strives to assist people in finding the right resources, whether offered internally or externally. The Arc has identified several key staff roles to…

Meet-Blaire

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…

Education During the Pandemic

The St. Louis Arc realizes that these are difficult and confusing times. Many parents / guardians are wrestling with what seem to be insurmountable obstacles related to special education services. The information below attempts to provide a basic overview of educational law as it pertains to COVID 19 closures or blended learning (part virtual /…

Residential Support

Helping Individuals and Families Find Their Home For more than 35 years, Mary Anne Tolliver has been supporting individuals and families in their residential goals at the St. Louis Arc. As the Director of Aging she continues to help individuals of various ages identify and achieve their vision of a good life. We recently sat…

Adeline

Inclusion is Powerful

Shortly after Adeline Liss was born, her parents, John and Lisa, knew Adeline needed extra support. A friend who needed similar support for their child introduced the family to Belle Children’s Services, where six-month-old Adeline received vital early childhood therapies. Though they would not receive a diagnosis for her rare chromosomal condition until she was…

Sharon’s Tips and Tools

The St. Louis Arc provides information connecting families to resources in a variety of ways. From phone calls and email inquiries, to workshops and in-person meetings, family members and individuals with disabilities look to the Family Support team for resources and referrals daily. This spring we’ve begun sharing key resources through the use of video….

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…

Katharine Rug

Ask the Dietitian

A newly released study states that “people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have poorer health outcomes and are more at risk for a number of secondary health conditions compared to nondisabled people.” (Friedman, 2019)  This year the St. Louis Arc has set a goal of implementing a broad Nutrition Initiative focused on promoting healthy eating…

Giving Tuesday

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,…