Paraquad

Making St. Louis Accessible
for Over 40 Years

Employment Assistance for People with Disabilities

Employment Assistance for People with Disabilities

Kahri at workParaquad's Employment Program offers assistance and support to help individuals receive training, obtain a job, and be a successful employee. We work closely with those involved in the program to develop a plan to meet that individual's goals and needs.

Our program is a vendor of the Missouri Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Productive Living Board of St. Louis County.  Individuals must be referred by their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor or have a Ticket to Work to be assigned to Paraquad in order to receive our employment services.

Through Paraquad, those involved in this program have access to employers with whom we partner who are actively seeking to hire people with disabilities. We have assisted people in securing employment at the entry level as well as  professional positions in fields such as customer service, retail, janitorial, management, medical field, call centers, and many others. Our services include:

  • Employment planning
  • Skills assessment
  • Computer testing
  • Resume preparation
  • Job development
  • Networking
  • Filling out applications
  • Interview skills
  • On the job training
  • Identifying Accommodations
  • Retention services
  • Career development
     

Listed below are Paraquad's Employment Program opportunities.

  • Ticket to Work​: Paraquad is an Employment Network under the Ticket to Work program offered through Social Security. The goal is to increase opportunities and choices for Social Security disability beneficiaries to obtain employment, vocational rehabilitation (VR), and other support services from public and private providers, employers, and other organizations.
  • Volunteer Opportunities Project: The project helps participants find and keep volunteer work in their community that matches their interests and abilities. The project is free of charge and open to St. Louis County residents who are at least 18 years old. No fee
  • Transition to Employment for Youth​: This program supports high school aged youth receiving special education services to increase their independent living skills and achieve success transitions to adult services.  The focus is on preparing the youth for employment after high school.  Participants engage in community based learning including job shadowing, internships or volunteer opportunities.  PQ serves as a resource to participants, their parents and funding sources regarding employment and post high school vocational options during the transition process. The project is free of charge and open to St. Louis County or City residents who are at least 16 years old. Participants should have an active case with the Regional Center or a diagnosis of a developmental disability.

For more information e-mail us at contactus@paraquad.org or call 314/289-4200.