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  • Join us! Celebrate Disability Night. Thursday, June 27 at 6:45pm Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals. Theme Ticket. Starkloff Disability Institute

    Celebrate Disability Night

    The Cardinals are hosting their first-ever Celebrate Disability Night!! Grab your theme ticket for a Cardinals Disability Pride t-shirt and join us to celebrate our community and cheer the Birds to victory! We partnered with the St. Louis Cardinals for this special night that includes audio description, ASL, a peanut-free section, and more to welcome all fans to the stadium. Theme night tickets are available at all levels. Get yours and find all the details at

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    Dream Big Camp Parent Info Session

    Does your student have a disability, IEP, or 504 plan? Learn about an amazing, transformative day camp for middle and high school students. During Dream Big Career Camp, students explore inclusive companies in St. Louis through visits and hands-on activities, all paired with our “Adulting with a Disability” curriculum.

    Register now for our live, online parent information session to learn about this opportunity for your child to explore their dreams!

    LAST information session is Wednesday, May 8th at 6:30pm (CT)

  • Live Webinar. Flipping the Script: ADHD and Leadership. Register at SCA Advancements is a free workshop for professionals with disabilities. Graphic of brightly colored paper airplane leading a group of plain planes.

    Advancements 24Q2 Series: Leadership and You

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

    Session 1: Friday, April 19 at Noon CT (Zoom)
    Leadership Math: How You Can Add, Subtract, Multiply, and Divide Your Way to Being a More Effective Leader
    with Ali Carson | Executive Coach, Movere Coaching

    Learn the unique needs of your team and how to become a leader worth following through trust, compassion, stability, and hope.

    Session 2: Friday, May 17 at Noon CT (Zoom)
    Flipping the Script: ADHD and Leadership
    with Crystal Heimbeck | Senior Business Partner, Marketing Procurement | Purina

    Let’s write a new narrative on leading with neurodiversity or your disability.

    Session 3: Friday, June 21 at Noon CT (Zoom)
    The Watercooler
    Facilitated peer discussion to put your new skills into action and build your network of disabled professional peers.

    Advancements is offered at no cost to participants thanks to the generous support of our funding partners to help disabled people thrive.
    Registration is required.

  • Dream Big Parent Roundtable

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

    To keep our families informed about transition topics and trends, Dream Big hosts roundtables for parents throughout the academic year. This space brings parents together to answer questions and share their personal experiences of success, barriers, and everything in between that exists navigating the world with their kids with disabilities.

    We host community partners or parents of Dream Big alumni to share resources, insights, and expertise. The FREE Parent Roundtables are currently held virtually on the Zoom platform.

    Fall Schedule TBA

    Past topics included:

    • Disability Services in College
    • Post-Secondary Education Options
    • MO ABLE Accounts
    • Resources for Healthy Relationships
    • Open Discussion for Parents
  • Black History Month 2024

  • Starkloff Connections Newsletter

    Read about our impact, latest updates, resources, and Disability Community news! Click on a title view each issue.

    April 2024: Access Everywhere

    March 2024: A Win for Our Whole Community

    February 2024: Dreaming Big in Middle School

    January 2024: Disability Confidence

    December 2023: The Purpose of a Career

    November 2023: The Power of Community

    October 2023: How We’re Moving the Needle on Disability Inclusion at Work

  • 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 April 4, 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 April 4, 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.

  • 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.