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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…


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…


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…

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. The 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 the…

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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….

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…