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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While recently riding an Amtrak train to Jefferson City, I witnessed a powerful moment of trust between a mother and her adult daughter. Because of her disability, the younger woman obviously had some difficulty walking in the aisle. Even so, she made it to the food service car and back again.
Capturing what disability means is difficult. How can I share the experience and the emotion? How do I tell my story in a way that brings a smile to the listener’s face and not a big, toothy smile of inspiration or a fake, patronizing smile of pity?
Prior to being hired by Paraquad, I had no experience working with people who are homeless. I was shocked when I found out just how much of a challenge it is to live on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.