Blind Person with White Cane

To Acknowledge or Not to Acknowledge

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Imagine you are walking down the street with a group of friends chatting about the newest iPhone or current events. Ahead, you notice a person who is blind navigating with a white cane coming toward your group. There is a narrow path, and your group needs to get past the person walking toward you. Read more

I Voted Sticker

Important Information for Election Day

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Election Day is this Tuesday, November 8. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you want to impact the direction of our state and our country, this is your opportunity! You’ll have highly contested statewide and federal races to participate in, among others. Read more

Chris Worth

Higher Level Thinking Accessible to Everyone

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When I was elementary school age, I was falsely diagnosed as having a severe intellectual disability. So it was decided that I would not be taught to read or write. That decision has shaped nearly every subsequent decision that I’ve made. Read more

Christy Herzing

The Fight for ‘Normal’

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Throughout history, people with disabilities have been hidden away, abused, used as props, praised extensively for everyday tasks, mocked and simply been made to feel less than because we aren’t society’s definition of “normal.” Read more

Aimee Wehmeier

Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities

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As we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Paraquad joins with many other organizations in recognizing the ongoing, uphill battle to achieve parity in the workplace. In fact, and alarmingly, since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990, employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities have improved little, if at all. Read more

Chris Worth

Reflecting on Nearly 5 Years at Paraquad

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My journey as a community organizer began in the coal fields of West Virginia, where I organized to bring an end to the injustices of mountaintop removal. One day, I was sitting around a table with some folks, and a question popped into my head: “Where are my people?” Read more

Accessible Health and Wellness Center

Paraquad Grows to Meet Community Needs

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Pardon our dust, please; Paraquad is expanding!

Over the course of its 46-year history, Paraquad has evolved from improving opportunities for people with disabilities primarily through advocacy and awareness efforts to one of the largest Centers for Independent Living in the country. Read more