• Division of Vocational Rehabilitation 573-751-3251 Toll Free 1-877-222-8963
    TDD 573-751-0881

    DVR specializes in employment and training services to assist you in becoming employed.

    To be eligible, you must have a physical or mental impairment that causes problems with working and need VR services to be successfully employed. A VR counselor will determine your eligibility for services. Once eligible, you will work with a counselor who will help you develop a plan for your rehabilitation.

  • NextStep For Life 636-282-1414 or 636-933-3764
    636-282-4400 or 636-933-0244
    P.O. Box 97, Mapaville, MO 63065

    Employment Services Office: 636-282-4477 or 636-933-4900

    Family Support/Leisure Office: 636-282-1414 or 636-933-3764

    NextStep for Life provides a variety of services to individuals in Jefferson County who have a developmental disability. They provide residential services; adult day services in both individual and group settings; a MyCare respite voucher program;
    Support Broker services; and Leisure Services.

    KidStart (NextStep for Life) lending library program for young children who have or who are at risk of having a disability in Jefferson County. Parents, therapists, service coordinators, or special instructors can apply to be a member.

    The Family Support office offers family workshops on a variety of topics during the year. Topics can include guardianship, estate planning, LifeCourse tools, and other options during March for Developmental Disability Awareness Month, April for Autism Awareness Month, and November for Family Caregivers Awareness Month.

    NextStep Employment Services assist adults with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining meaningful employment as well as the transition from school to work.

    For information about
    St. Louis Family Support and Respite Coalition please contact:

    Linda Wolf
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    Jenny Zweigart
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  • Pathways to Independence 314-863-0202
    200 S. Hanley, Ste. 103, Clayton, MO 63105

    Specializes in helping adults learn and develop social interaction and the “soft” pre-employment skills needed for better community access, community involvement and greater vocational success using a social, leisure and education format. This program focuses on adults with learning disabilities, high functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injuries, written & expressive disorders and associated developmental disabilities with an IQ of 71 and above.


  • St. Louis Arc 314-569-2211
    1177 N. Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63132

    The St. Louis Arc provides informational workshops for individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and advocates from September through May each year. Workshop topics vary each month.

    Visit St. Louis Arc website to view the current workshop calendar.

    The St. Louis Arc also offers Meet Up Groups support groups, and networking events each month.

    Pre-employment and Supported Employment
    The St. Louis Arc’s Employment Services supports adults in seeking part- and full-time paid employment, provides initial and ongoing job coaching and retention services and works with employees and their supervisors to ensure successful job placements. Also offered are the Teens in Motion and Neighborhood experience projects for young adults ages 13—20. 

    Families are reimbursed for care for an individual with a developmental disability. Funding is available for residents of St. Louis County and St. Louis City.

    Capable Kids and Families (St. Louis Arc)
    A program designed to promote early intervention by providing children ages 0-6 and families with developmentally appropriate toys and therapeutic equipment free-of-charge, connecting families to community resources that meet their needs and facilitating network building and supportive friendships among parents.

    Belle Children's Services
    We connect individuals and their families to Home and center-based therapies to strengthen the body and mind.


    Behavior/Intervention Therapy

    Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)
    An intensive early intervention program for toddlers, 14 to 36 months of age, who have been diagnosed with autism.

    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services
    Provides consultation and direct services to reduce or increase targeted behaviors ages 15 months to 13 years


    For more information about respite services or for information about
    St. Louis Family Support and Respite Coalition please contact:

    Ann Mangelsdorf 314-817-2275
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    Brianne Smith 314-817-2216
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    Julie Thompkins  314-817-2269
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  • UCP Heartland 636-227-6030
    13975 Manchester Rd., St. Louis, MO 63011

    Oak Tree 314-962-0015

    Summer Day Camp in St. Louis County
    Summer care for teens and pre-teens (ages 10 to 20) with developmental disabilities. Camp is offered weekdays June through early August.

    Independent Supported Living 314-994-1600
    8645 Old Bonhomme Rd. St. Louis, MO 63132
    Independent Supported Living - Providing any or all supports necessary for persons with developmental and or physical disabilities to live independently in their own home and the community of their choice.

    UCP Heartland’s Employment Resources Program supports adults with disabilities in finding and retaining competitive employment. The Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) offers high school students an opportunity to obtain work experience prior to graduation.

    Temporary Residential Support

    Out of Home Support Oak Tree 314-962-0015
    450 Oak Tree Drive, St. Louis, MO 63119
    Oak Tree offers short term stays for people with physical and/or developmental disabilities who live in St. Louis City and Jefferson, St. Charles, & St. Louis Counties. Open year round. Emergency residential services are also available.

    Therapy—Occupational, Physical, & Speech
    Adult Day Services - Day habilitation offered at two locations (Manchester & Olivette) and in the community.  Participants learn skills that promote their independence. Speech and physical therapy assessments and services are available.

    For more information about respite services contact:

    Chris Jeep 314-962-0015