Amanda K. Helderle

The Dream … Never Give Up


Once upon a time, many years ago, there was a girl named Amanda who was born with a disease called cystic fibrosis. The first few years of her life were tumultuous, with medications, visits to doctors, illnesses and long hospital stays. One of her longest hospital stays as a child totaled four months. Read more

Christy Herzing

It’s Easy to Generalize Disability


While I normally spend my days with business leaders coordinating training, education and accessibility surveys, I recently had the opportunity to present disability awareness training on visual impairments to fourth graders. Read more

Wheelchair Bound

I Am Not Wheelchair Bound


When I was a child, I relied a lot on other people to help me get around. Going on a field trip in elementary school meant using a stroller when everyone else in my class could walk around freely. Read more

Kimberly Lackey

How Much Can You See?


As a person with a visual impairment, I am often asked questions like, “How much can you see?” or “Can you see that?” I don’t find these questions offensive at all, but I often struggle with my response. Read more

Accessible Health and Wellness Center

Health and Wellness Center Expanding


Paraquad on Tuesday began construction of its new 22,000-square-foot Accessible Health and Wellness Center, which will enable up to 500 people with disabilities to achieve their fitness goals each year. Read more

Carl Pennington

Reflections on Independence


Carl Pennington, a Paraquad participant for the past 16 years, wants everyone to know how grateful he is to the organization and its founder, Max Starkloff, especially as Paraquad celebrates 45 years of empowering people with disabilities. Read more

Anna Corbitt

APRIL (Conference) in October


Usually when your boss calls you into her office, away from prying eyes, it feels like being called to the principal’s office. Your face starts getting hot and your thoughts race through every possible terrible thing you might have done in your entire life. Read more