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 employment into their vision of a ‘good life’.


In addition to offering the guide for people to use at home, the Arc’s employment team uses many of these tools in the Pre-Employment Training program. The Arc’s Pre-Employment team works with individuals who are interested in working, but who may not be ready for competitive employment. The one-year training program helps individuals identify goals, build skills, and improve social skills.

In the past few years, the Arc has expanded the program to serve residents of St. Charles County. The Pre-Employment team meets participants in St. Charles for intakes, meetings, and classes, making it convenient for those in the program.

Participants learn employment skills such as interviewing techniques, how to complete job applications, and communicating with co-workers and supervisors. With support from a job coach, on-the-job training happens through an internship in a work environment that reflects their interests.

Openings in St. Charles

If you, or someone you know could benefit from Pre-Employment Training, or you want more information, contact Taylor Hartmann, Coordinator of Pre-Employment Services, at 314-817-2225.  Currently there is no wait list for St. Charles county residents.