As a nonprofit organization, we require support and investment from people in the St. Louis community and beyond. We present volunteer, fundraising and other event opportunities to our friends to get involved with our work throughout the year. We also actively reach out and engage with individuals, businesses and communities through “Disability Talks” led by our Co-Founder Colleen Starkloff and Young Professional Board activities.

Explore below to find ways to join the Starkloff Disability Institute community.

Upcoming Events

Starkloff Career Academy Fall 2020 Capstone Course Date: September 8, 2020 Location: Zoom - Register now for the link

Enrollment is now open for the Fall 2020 Starkloff Career Academy Capstone Course.

The Course is open to college graduates or experienced professionals with a disability looking to advance their careers.

Gaelynn Lea in Concert Date: Jul 30, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Location: Zoom

Join us for a night of live music and conversation with acclaimed musician and Disability Rights Advocate, Gealynn Lea!

Gaelynn, winner of NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, will share her music and her story in the finale of SDI’s Americans with Disabilities 30th Anniversary celebration!



Universal Design Summit 7: Inclusion Fusion Date: May 12-14, 2021 Location: Saint Louis University | 20. N Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103

Universal Design (UD) Summit is a preeminent conference in North America, drawing experts in universal design from across the globe. UD Summit has traditionally focused on universal housing and inclusive communities. Event organizers are pleased to announce the expansion of UD Summit to include inclusive design in digital spaces.

UD Summit 7 will be held in May 2021 in St. Louis and attract several hundred designers, developers, builders, contractors, and architects from across the country and the globe. UD Summit 7 will provide exceptional content in the areas of affordable housing for all ages and abilities, universal design in public spaces, physical and digital community access, and universal design in digital spaces.

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