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Youth & Family Services for People with Disabilities

Youth & Family Services for People with Disabilities

Mom with her little girl

Our Youth and Family Program combines youth development principles with the spirit of the independent living philosophy to address the unique challenges facing children and youth with disabilities. Engaging youth in safe and nurturing activities are key components of positive youth development.

Our program provides youth a supportive environment to foster social relationships, develop knowledge and life skills, promote community involvement and enhance youth's ability to live independently.

Youth Group

The Youth Group focuses on social and recreational activities that promote the development of social skills not acquired in segregated environments. Participants include young people with and without disabilities. Non-disabled youth develop an awareness and understanding of their disabled peers and learn to work and play side-by-side with people with disabilities, while youth with disabilities learn to participate within the community as an equal. Paraquad's Youth Group targets youth between the ages of 12-24 and their families.

Members of the Youth Group show a commitment and understanding of the Disability Rights Movement, Independent Living Philosophy and advocacy.  The members also build their leadership, advocacy and their independent living skills while having fun within the community.  The Youth Group meets once a month during the school year and during the summer months we offer more activities such as the computer camp and community outings.

Education Advocacy

Education Advocacy services are open to children and youth from birth to 21 years old. Staff members work with youth and their families on IEP (Individual Education Plans) or other education advocacy issues. For example, a staff member recently visited school district officials with a young participant and his family to support their requests for accommodations for his disability.

Youth transition Services

Individual independent living services are open to youth ages 14 to 24.  Staff members and youth work together to reach an individualized goal focused on independent living. Goals could include getting ready for work, graduating high school, or accessing transportation and other adult services.

Family Participation Program

Provides assistance for parents with physical disabilities and their families through a support group and access to resources within the community.

For more information e-mail us at or call (314) 289-4200.