Family Workshop Series

The St. Louis Arc Family Workshop Series provides in-depth information on supporting a family member with an intellectual or developmental disability.  Most of our workshops are free, open to everyone, and take place at the St. Louis Arc Centene Family Center.

Community members, volunteers, and St. Louis Arc staff lend their professional expertise to provide information and resources in a variety of workshops. Workshops are offered in two sessions, January – May and September – December. The Spring 2020 workshop schedule is now available. Materials from popular workshops can be download in the online Resource Library.


Summer Recreation Programs
Wednesday, January 29 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Recreation Council is the central resource for leisure, recreation, and camps for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities of all ages. The St. Louis Arc offers summer volunteer/work programs for teens and young adults ages 13-21 with a developmental disability. Learn more about summer programs and find the right opportunity for your family member! Registration for summer programs begins soon and fills up quickly!


Tuesday, March 10 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
State and Federal Benefits

Do you have questions about what benefits your family member is eligible for as a legal adult? Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, SSI – find out who is eligible, what the differences are between the programs, and how to access the appropriate contacts in order to apply for services. Information about working while receiving benefits will also be covered.

Tuesday, March 17 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Medication Management

This presentation will cover different aspects of medication including what to look for when starting a new medication, what to be looking for if you are tapering an individual off of medication, and how to manage a situation when an individual is on more than five medications at a time. This workshop is designed for anyone who cares for someone using medications.

Wednesday, March 18 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
10 Ways to Support Your Child to be Employable

This workshop will provide insight on competitive employment and employers’ expectations. We will discuss ways to foster independence and enhance work skills for your child to positively impact their work life. This workshop is appropriate for individuals ages 16 and up.

Tuesday, March 24 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Residential Options through the Productive Living Board

The Productive Living Board provides funding for independent living support for individuals who will need 12 hours or less of staff support per week. This workshop will discuss how to access funding as well as how to creatively use technology and other resources.

Tuesday, March 31 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Disability Benefits 101

This workshop will guide families through use and understanding of an online system created for Missouri recipients of SSI and/or SSDI. The online system will be reviewed and its functionality highlighted, so that families can learn more about how social security benefits may or may not be affected if their loved one obtains paid work. This system also serves as a great resource for families and others trying to learn or navigate the varying funding streams and helps to debug myths revolving around benefits.

Family Cooking ClassDownload the Spring 2020 Family Workshops Schedule

To attend any of these workshops, please RSVP to Brianne Smith, Information Coordinator of Family Support, at 314-817-2216.

The Arc offers a small selection of handouts and resources from the Family Workshop Series available for download.