Empowering people with disabilities to develop skills for independence and to actively participate in the community.
We accomplish our mission by providing children and adults:
· Personalized support focused on individual abilities.
· Innovative, community-based learning opportunities.
· Accessible, door-to-door transportation.
· Compassionate, family-oriented environment.
· Advocacy to enhance quality of life and to educate society.
A Letter from our Executive Director
The organization known today as St. Louis Society for the Physically Disabled began serving children with physical disabilities in 1927. During our 86 year history, we have evolved to meet the ever changing needs of people with disabilities in this community. I am excited to announce that our Board of Directors has decided to adopt LifeBridge Partnership as the new name for the agency effective Feb. 1, 2014.
We believe LifeBridge Partnership captures the essence of our mission of “empowering people with disabilities to develop skills for independence and to actively participate in the community.” Literally, the word “bridge” is defined as a structure or path crossing over a physical obstacle or barrier. Bridges also provide a connection from one place to another. Conceptually, a bridge creates connections that help cross over or overcome life’s obstacles. It’s in this sense that we are a structure, a connection, a “LifeBridge” for participants throughout their lives. The word “partnership” is inclusive and welcoming with a promise that “We are in this together!” Partnership illustrates the idea of a larger group dynamic at work. It also promotes equality by emphasizing abilities and relationships that are connected on equal footing.
Change is an inevitable part of life. This agency’s evolution has taken many forms since our founding in 1927, including expanding to serve adults, discontinuing our affiliation with the National Easter Seals Society in 1981, broadening our scope to serve people with developmental disabilities and starting Sports Camp in 1983...just to name a few. And, it was with honor and respect for our history that the Board of Directors decided to adopt LifeBridge Partnership as the name to take us many years into the future.
As 2013 comes to a close, I want to wish you and your family the very best during the holiday season and I look forward to sharing our future as LifeBridge Partnership with you.
St. Louis Society for the Physically Disabled is a not for profit Missouri corporation founded in 1927. The corporation is classified, under Section 501(c) (3), as a charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service and classified tax exempt by the State of Missouri.
St. Louis Society for the Physically Disabled was established in 1927 and has been in continuous service to people with physical disabilities in the St. Louis area since that time. Formerly known as the St. Louis Society for Crippled Children, our first programs included a clinic for examination, treatment, and referral, preschool and recreational activities, and promotion of the issue of disabled accessibility in public buildings and property.
St. Louis Society for the Physically Disabled was instrumental in establishing a home teaching program for children in the public school system in St. Louis City and County which continued in active operation, with paid in-home teachers from the Society as late as the mid-1950’s. This role was changed with the establishment of Elias Michael School within the City of St. Louis, and the establishment of the Special School District in St. Louis County .
In 1981 the St. Louis Society for the Physically Disabled yielded its affiliation with the National Easter Seal Society, which began in 1934, in the interest of focusing its services on the St. Louis community without the dilution of its resources, assets, operating time and energies to national issues and concerns.
Want to get involved with St. Louis Society?
St. Louis Society's programs are available to youth and adults in the St. Louis metropolitan area with physical or developmental disabilities that include, but are not limited to: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, amputation, heart defects, and Down syndrome are eligible to participate in our programming. To learn more about the programs we offer visit the Programs page. To see an example of our various outings, visit the Newsletters page.
The Community Recreation Program is a year-round recreation program that offers children the opportunity to become part of their communities by participating in various outings throughout the St. Louis area.
The After School Program focuses on improving quality of life through physical exercise and provides an opportunity for social interaction. This program runs throughout the school year at the Gateway Michael School, Monday thru Thursday from 3 pm - 4:30 pm.
Sports Camp is held in the month of June for one week for youth between the ages of 6-21 with a physical or developmental disability! Activities include basketball, golf, tennis, soccer, music and art therapy, t-ball, and much more!
Out & About Social Programs are available regularly throughout the year. Attending an Out & About Social is an opportunity to make new friends, gain new experiences and get ideas for other events. Costs listed are only estimates and automatically include the price of Society transportation. Participants must still keep in mind the number of vouchers they may use per quarter (currently 16). Sign-up begins on a date midway through the month prior to the event(s).