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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…

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Supported Decision-Making

“When Britney Spears chose this week to share her personal experience living under a conservatorship, she shined a national spotlight on the problems of guardianship systems and the damaging and potentially devastating impact they can have on people’s lives.”– Statement from Disability Justice and Supported Decision-Making Advocates This week, The Arc of the US joined…

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Educational Sessions and Workshops

The Arc’s Family Support team is committed to connecting families with resources and providing opportunities for support and growth. The department is currently offering two ways for family members, participants, and interested individuals to further their knowledge. The Arc’s longstanding Family Workshop series will continue to be offered virtually this winter. Workshops are led by leaders in…

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 /…

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What’s Happening

Podcasts, webinars, online meetings, Zoom scavenger hunts, virtual game nights. The current offering of programs from the St. Louis Arc not only brings about a new vocabulary but is also bringing a new or renewed interest in the agency’s events. Whether you are new to the Arc or are just having trouble maintaining your new…

Family Support in a Time of Need

The Arc’s Family Support team is committed to connecting families with resources and providing opportunities for support and growth. Not even a pandemic could stop them from being a support system for the many families throughout the Arc community. From talking to overwhelmed family members to offering virtual workshops and support groups, the Arc is…

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A Celebration of Music

Creative Music Making The annual Creative Music Making (CMM) program provides a unique opportunity for individuals to come together to create music. Alongside St. Louis Symphony musicians and students from Maryville University’s music therapy program, Arc participants spend two days learning and creating music. On the third and final day, the group takes to the…

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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…

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Preparing for Employment

Sharon’s Tips & Tools To recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month Sharon Spurlock, Director of Family Support, shares how to use the Life and Employment Guide from Charting the LifeCourse. The LifeCourse tools help individuals and family members clarify their vision of a great future. In this video, Sharon explains how individuals can explore incorporating…

Autism Speaks Town Hall

The St. Louis Arc is excited to partner with Autism Speaks for a Transition to Adulthood Town Hall. On Thursday, August 8 a panel of experts will discuss how to begin planning for your child or teen with autism to transition to adulthood. In addition to local experts, the panel will also include an area…