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Black History and the Disability Rights Movement

Thursday, Feb. 29  |  5-8pm CT  |  Missouri History Musuem and online via Zoom

Join us at the Missouri History Museum's Thursday Nights At the Museum on February 29th for a powerful panel on the Black Disabled experience and learn about Black leaders in the Disability Rights movement. Stay for a live performance by Deb Busch of the Angel Band Project. Don't miss out! 

Dream Big Parent Roundtable

Last Wednesday of the month  | 6pm CT  | Virtual on Zoom

February 28: Postsecondary Education Options

Navigating the options after high school for your disabled teen can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be! Join us for our next Dream Big Parent Roundtable to discuss continued education programs and Postsecondary Education Options.


Dream Big Career Club

First Wednesday of the month  |  4pm CT  |  Virtual on Zoom

February is Law and Advocacy

On Wednesday, Feb. 7th at 4:00pm CT on Zoom, join us for a live panel with professionals in law and advocacy-related fields to learn more about how they got to this point in their careers and what it’s like to work in the legal profession.

Career Club is now open to disabled students in middle school, high school, and college, and trade/tech school interested in learning about potential career paths.

Advancements 24Q1 Series: Power Negotiating

Leadership skills empowering you to do well at work and in life. Register at the link. See you there!

Session 3: Friday, March 15 at Noon CT (Zoom)
The Watercooler
Facilitated peer discussion to put your new skills into action and build your network of disabled professional peers.

Session 1: Negotiating Your Job Offer happened Friday, January 19
with Jeff Parker and Scott Pieber | Talent Attraction Coordinators, Centene Corporation

Session 2: Negotiating Hard Conversations at Work happened Friday, February 16
with Dr. Mary Sue Love | Associate Professor, SUIE School of Busines

Photo of Lindsay Adams, a Black woman, smiling in front of brightly colored abstract floral paintings. A paintbrush peaks out of her back pocket. Text around the photo reads: Lindsay Adams, Artist. Black History Is American History.

Black History Month 2024

Black Disabled People In the Arts

Learn More About Featured Artists:

Lindsay Adams, painter

Mama Cax, model

Diana Elizabeth Jordan, actor

Phife Dawg and the tradition of Disability as a Name in Black Music


Starkloff Career Academy: Foundations

Are you launching your career? Our introductory program helps people with disabilities gain the foundational knowledge, skills, and tools they need to start their career journey.

Live, online class taught by experts in career development and disability. Over 4 weeks, you will master:

  • Writing Resumes that Stand Out
  • Making Unforgettable First Impressions
  • Telling Your Disability Story with Confidence
  • Interview Techniques to Showcase Your Skills

Tuesdays and Thursdays
10:00am - 12:00pm CT
on Zoom

Next class begins January 11, 2024!

Starkloff Career Academy: Transitions

Are you a working professional ready for a career pivot? Our middle track in SCA helps people with disabilities translate their knowledge, skills, and experiences into new opportunities in new industries, specialties, and career paths.

Self-paced online learning with weekly virtual career coaching and support check-ins. experts in career development and disability. Over 8 weeks in our online classroom, you will dive deeper into:

  • Matching Personal and Workplace Values
  • Job Research Best Practices & Critical Thinking
  • Negotiating Salaries, Raises, and Benefits
  • Telling Your Disability Story with Confidence
  • Interview Techniques to Showcase Your Skills

Live check-ins
6:30pm - 8:00pm CT
on Zoom

Next class begins January 11, 2024!

Make a Gift to Power Our Work

Being the only one is a very lonely place to be. At the Starkloff Disability Institute, we offer career development AND a supportive community to propel professional and personal growth. That’s the root of our candidates’ success. Your gifts power this work. Join us in building community today.

November 2023 Newsletter

Our November newsletter is all about the power of our community. There's also updates, resources, and a disability holiday gift guide.

50 Years of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

This #NationalDisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth we are celebrating 50 years of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This landmark legislation was the first time disabled people had some federal protection from discrimination. Federal workplace protections in Sections 501 and 503 went into effect quickly, but it took years of advocacy, protest, and a 29 day sit-in by disability advocates to get the regulations prohibiting discrimination in any federally funded programs in Section 504 signed into law.

Starkloff Career Academy Advancements

Are you an emerging or senior leader with a disability? Whether you are focusing on a promotion, joining a board, or leveraging civic networks to achieve your next step, Advancements will help you build the leadership skills and strategies to succeed and navigate the unique barriers we face as disabled professionals.

Current Series: Work-Life Balance

Next Session:
The Watercooler: Your Skills in Action
Friday, Dec. 15 at Noon CT on Zoom

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