Finding your way after high school is a challenging transition for many young adults.

Whether you are preparing to leave high school, or are already in the “real world,” the St. Louis Arc can help. Depending upon your goals, our programs can assist you to:

  • Learn how to live independently
  • Define immediate and long term goals
  • Connect with your community
  • Improve social skills to make friends and build relationships


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. Many individuals with autism or learning differences don’t need the intense support that most Arc programs offer. Next currently includes two program areas, Launch and Connect. The programs in Next helps individuals find their motivation, navigate support, and celebrate when goals are reached.

Individualized Support

Build skills through classes, volunteer opportunities, summer programs, and employment services.

Community Support

Meet new people, learn new skills, and explore your community with a variety of recreational and socialization activities and groups.

Family Support

Utilizing workshops and support groups family members learn from their children, other families, and experts in the field. The hope for family members in this transition
stage is to learn how to move from the caregiver role to the advisor role.