If your child has special needs, the requirements of your time and energy can seem overwhelming. There are several organizations in St. Louis that can help. Listed below are a few of the best resources for special needs families in St. Louis.
“For more than 80 years, Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis has helped thousands of children with disabilities say “I can” by providing them with vital medical equipment, as well as educational, therapeutic and recreational programs such as the annual Adventure Camp and Variety Children’s Theatre. An international leader in fundraising, Variety the Children’s Charity also distributes grants to more than 75 qualified partner agencies throughout the St. Louis area to fund programs and/or services that directly impact the lives of children with physical and mental disabilities.an active role in shaping the local community.”
“Open to children ages 4-16 with physical and intellectual disabilities, Variety Adventure Camp includes a two-day session in the winter and four week-long sessions in the summer - all free of charge! Teen Track is available for campers ages 13-16. Teen campers enjoy unique opportunities, such as cooking lessons, horseback riding and other age appropriate activities. Our teens enjoy spending time with their peers while experiencing new adventures!”
Some of the services Variety the Children’s Charity offers are: Kids on the Go Mobility Program (provides families with needed equipment); Variety Programs; Sunshine Coach Vans; Emerson Resource Center; THER-HAPPY Kids and Teen Time Saturdays.
Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK) provides year-round instructional sports programs. They offer “athletic and social opportunities to kids with special needs. The purpose of the program is to help build self-esteem and skills in children with special needs.” Fall activities include: arts and crafts, bowling, cooking, TASK cooking classes, drama, outdoor soccer, volleyball and Music Together.
His Kids Cancer Support serves children with cancer and their families in Missouri, Illinois and Florida. “When we started in 1984, 1 in every 10,000 children had cancer. Today, 1 in 330 children have cancer! There is a much larger need for us to be there for these families than ever before. There is no other organization serving children with cancer and their families in the same way that HIS KIDS does. We support our families from the time the child is diagnosed, throughout their treatment & beyond. Every possible means is used to provide emotional and spiritual support as well as emergency assistance to the families of children with cancer and related illnesses. All services and programs are provided at no charge and without regard to race, creed, color or financial ability.”
“The mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis is to benefit the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families through individual and family support, education, public awareness and advocacy.”
This organization provides parent support, family activities, educational programs and community groups.
“The St. Louis Arc is a non-profit, United Way agency that provides support and services to more than 3,500 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families, throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.”
ARCH Respite Services
Community Integration Services
Early Childhood Services
Early Intervention Therapy
Family Support Services