In 2019 the St. Louis Arc launched Next, a new area of services that provides focused, impactful supports for individuals with autism or learning differences. Understanding that not everyone needs the same level of support, these programs support individuals as they navigate what is next in various aspects of their lives. Individuals choose the areas they want to progress in, whether living independently, connecting with their community, or building personal and professional relationships.

A successful component of Next has been the Launch program. Launch works with young adults, ages 16-25, who are interested in taking the step to plan for their future. With a combination of one-on-one coaching sessions and peer group classes, individuals identify and work toward self-identified goals.

New to St. Louis City

In July, the Arc began offering Launch in the City. With the help DD Resources funding, the Arc is offering qualifying city residents free access to the Launch program. Launch in the City allows individuals to connect with other young adults living in the city of St. Louis and build relationships within their community while working on their individual goals.

Launch has been successful in offering virtual group sessions this summer. Courses that focus on in-the-home skills, such as cleaning or cooking, have provided participants the opportunity to immediately practice the skills they are learning. The virtual sessions also provide an opportunity for county and city participants to connect throughout the program, building a network outside of their immediate community.

Participants of Launch have achieved many small and large goals in the past year from obtaining jobs and driver’s permits to utilizing a hygiene checklist and trying online dating. If you or someone you know is self-motivated and would like to begin work toward the next goal, contact the Launch team to get started.

successes of Launch

Download a PDF of the Successes of Launch’s First Year.

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