April is Autism Awareness Month: 

Recreation Council News…

Evening of Entertainment Recap: On March 9, The Recreation Council and Access for ALL hosted the 2024 Evening of Entertainment talent show of people with disabilities. This evening showcase included music, dancing, poetry reading, magic, comedy, and a special boxing exhibit by The Boxing Therapy. Five talented winners were selected and received cash prizes. Enjoy the YouTube Video HERE

Recreation Council RAFFLE TICKETS – SPRING 2024: The Recreation Council is raising funds to provide scholarships for people to attend camp this summer. Choose from 5 wonderful options: Wine, Liquor, Pickleball, Whitey Herzog Collage, and Vintage Vinyl Baskets. 1-9 tickets=$1 per ticket; 15 tickets=$10; 30 tickets=$20.  Order Tickets HERE

Recreation Council PickleBall Tournament Fundraiser, Saturday, May 18 from 10am-1pm at CNP, St. Charles, MO. Join the Recreation Council for a fabulous day of Pickleball fun while raising money to send a child to summer camp. Men and women of all skill levels are welcome. Recreational and competitive sections, $10 CNP food/drink gift card, and medals for winners in each skill level bracket. Cost: $100 per team of 2 players. That’s only $50 per person. Register Here ~ Flyer

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Partner News for People with Disabilities…

Dream Big Summer Career Camp Information Session (Virtual), April 11, and May 8 at 6:30 pm. The Starkloff Disability Institute Dream Big Summer Career Camp 2024 is a fantastic opportunity for middle and high school students with disabilities to explore various career paths and gain valuable skills. (Dream Big Summer Camps are not Recreation Council voucher eligible). Register Here for a FREE Information Session

SSD Family Leadership Institute:Attention St. Louis County families with disabilities (STL), April 17, 24, and May 1, 2024. The Special School District is seeking new families for the upcoming SSD Family Leadership Institute.  Family Leadership Institute participants build understanding of future planning and problem-solving utilizing the Charting the LifeCourse tools, learn to effectively participate in their student’s education and improve the educational climate for all children, learn how to positively interact and collaborate with other families and school personnel, and discover new resources and network with other families. This program, which is offered at no cost to participants, is designed for family members who are the educational decision-makers for a student with a disability. The three sessions will be held in-person on Wednesdays from 5:30-8:00 PM on April 17, 24 and May 1Dinner will be provided for attendees. Location: Special School District Central office Room 60-61, 12110 Clayton Road, Town and Country, Missouri 63131. Registration is online or, paper applications are available by request. Call 314-989-8460 or email face@ssdmo.org. for additional information.

St. Louis Arc’s Bounce Forward Events (STL), Bounce Forward events are for people ages 16 – 30. There is no cost to attend these events. Registration is required as the event capacity is limited. To register for an event, email bounceforward@slarc.org

  • Saturday, April 20 – Volunteer Day, 9 a.m.-12 noon. Registration deadline: April 5
  • Saturday, May 11 – Day at the Zoo, 10 a.m. – 12:00 noon, Registration deadline: April 26
  • Saturday, June 15 – Smelling the Roses Day at the Botanical Garden, 9-11 a.m., Registration deadline: May 31
  • Wednesday, July 10 – Unleash Your Wit Board Game Night, 6–8 p.m. Registration deadline: June 21

St. Louis Arc is registering for programs (cost varies by program) including Neighborhood Experiences for Teens, cooking, bowling, art, and walking club. Newly added is the Remove the Limits Triathlon Prep Program to prepare you to compete in the Ballwin Triathlon in July. Triathlon Prep Flyer. The Arc is specially looking for individuals who wish to ride cycles and bikes. Subscribe to the Arc E-Newsletter to keep up on all their programs and services.

FREE Virtual Cooking Classes: April 24 and June 12, 2024: Kelly’s Kitchen is sponsoring an accessible and inclusive cooking class series for individuals with disabilities. Our classes are FREE and open to all skill levels, and each cooking class lasts around 90 – 120 minutes. Class time is 3:30 – 5:00 Central Time. Register once, and you are signed up for all the classes: April 24, 2024 = Creamy Grape Salad and Chicken Salad and June 12, 2024 = Easy Fruit Salad with Tuna and Cheese Sandwich. Reserve your spot today

Adapted Pickleball Night (in St. Charles County), Wednesday, April 24 from 6-9pm Chicken N Pickle, St. Charles, MO. Join us for a fun-filled night where we welcome ALL communities to learn, enjoy and bring awareness to adaptive pickleball. Evening included a beginner clinic & open play for all abilities & skill levels, equipment provided, and 2 sports wheelchairs on site. Spectators are welcome. FREE, but registration is requested.

Every Body In, Accessible Paddling and Nature Trail Day for People with Disabilities (STL), Saturday, April 27 from 11:00am-4:00pm at Audubon Center, 301 Riverlands Way West Alton Missouri 63386. Join us for a day as we welcome “every body”, regardless of body type, age, or physical abilities to the sport of kayaking. Sign up for a guided paddle ride and learn to use our new  universally accessible kayak launch. Stay to explore the Riverland trail storybook stations and bird-watching. Information ~ FLYER

Best Buddies Friendship Walk (STL), Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 11am-1pm at Kirkwood Park, 111 S Geyer Road, 63122. FREE but donations are welcome. Walk to support the Best Buddies programs in schools, workplaces, and communities. You’ll be making the world more welcoming to people with IDD, one friendship, one job, and one life-changing connection at a time. Information

NextED Challenge: Immersive Learning Experience (STL): Through a summer camp experience, NextED Challenge provides young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 18-30 an opportunity to challenge their expectations of living on their own. Attendees participate in hands-on learning, interactive group activities, and community exploration. Overnight: June 24-28 or July 15-19, 2024, Location: University of Missouri – St. Louis, Cost: $1,000 per week. Daytime: August 5-9 or August 12-19, 2024, Location: Airbnb near Forest Park, Time: Monday-Friday; 9 AM – 4 PM, Cost: $500 per week

Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) April 2024 Newsletter: Enjoy at the inspiring stories and activities at this horse therapy program. Newsletter Link

FREE Activities…

Historic Stable Tour in Tower Grove Park (STL), Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon at Tower Grove Park Stables, 4375 Northwest DrSt. Louis, MO, 63110 (map). Take a FREE tour of the historic Stables, learn the history and founding of the park as it relates to the stables and meet Moonshine the Clydesdale and Sheffield the pony. Tours  are available in 25-minute increments at 10am, 10:30am, 11am and 11:30am. Capacity is limited and Registration is Required.

Chain of Rocks Park Opening Celebration (STL), Sunday April 14 from 2-4pm on the Missouri side of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. The celebration will include live music, food trucks, yoga, tours, adoptable dogs, and community activities for all ages. Don’t miss your chance to see this new park on the Mississippi Greenway for yourself. Information

Civil War Living History Weekend (STL), Saturday, April 13 & Sunday, April 14, 2024 from 10am-4pm at Grant Historic Site,  Enjoy a variety of performances, activities, and presentations will be offered throughout this two-day living history event to engage and entertain visitors as they learn about military and civilian aspects of Civil War life. Information

Laumeier Sculpture Park Walking Tour (STL), Spring Tree Hike on April 21 from 11am-12:30pm at Laumeier Sculptyure Park. Celebrate Earth Day by visiting the park and its trees. You’ll tour the park’s central pathway with local arborist, Michael Garrett and learn about tree species and tree eco systems. Path includes both paverd and not-paved surfaces and group will travel farther from restrooms and parking lot. Register Here ~ Next hike is Art in Bloom on May 19.

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