Empowering people with disabilities to increase their independence through choice and opportunity.
We work with people of all ages — from children who might have a disability to senior citizens. We assist people who have a wide variety of disabilities, including physical, cognitive, visual, auditory and mental/emotional.
A Center for Independent Living is a nonprofit, community-based agency that provides five core services: advocacy, independent living, information and referral, peer consultation and transition.
Our program ensures people with disabilities are able to arrange and receive any personal care attendant services they need to live safely in the home setting of their choice, all backed by the experience and support of Paraquad.
With your help, Paraquad provides its expert services for people with disabilities at low or no cost to ensure that everyone who needs help can get it. More than 80 percent of our participants live on an income of less than $20,000.
From an accessible health and wellness center to interpreter services, we will help you find a solution.
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I will never understand why some people seem to have a problem seeing a person with a disability in a relationship with an able-bodied person. It’s as if we aren’t good enough to be with someone without a disability.
In my first blog for Paraquad, “What’s Wrong with You?,” I briefly addressed people’s reaction to me. I mentioned how a kid at the St. Louis Science Center rudely asked, “What happened to you?!”
I can still vividly recall a day many years ago when I was all of 7 or 8 years old. I had just arrived home from school, tossed my backpack on the kitchen table and announced that I didn’t have to do as many math problems for homework as the other kids in my class.