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….

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…

learning social skills

What is Next?

The St. Louis Arc is excited to introduce Next! Next provides focused, impactful supports for individuals with autism or learning differences. What is Next? Next provides focused, impactful supports for individuals with autism or learning differences. This division of the St. Louis Arc helps individuals navigate what is next in various aspects of their lives….

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…

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,…

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…

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…