Empowering people with disabilities to increase their independence through choice and opportunity.

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Who We Serve  

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.

What Is A Center For Independent Living?

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.

Bloom Café

Bloom Café serves a fresh take on casual dining while helping people with disabilities grow their independence through a unique job training program. The café is open from 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

From an accessible health and wellness center to interpreter services, we will help you find a solution.

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On The Blog

Huge Turnout for Paraquad’s Virtual Medicaid Education Forum

More than 80 disability activists, civic leaders, and community members attended our virtual forum exploring the importance of Medicaid to independent living for people with disabilities. (Read full release on STLtoday) Last week, we hosted community forum with disability activists Ellie Stitzer and Gabriella Garbero as part of our ongoing Community Voices for Medicaid initiative…

Meaningful Change – A Message from Aimee and Jerry

Dear Paraquad Supporters, In our mission to empower people with disabilities to live more independently, Paraquad works to address root causes of inequality. This year has presented unique challenges for our work, as COVID-19 has exacerbated inequalities in access to resources such as food, healthcare, and personal care. Now, we are again reminded of another…

Social Movements: An Introduction

2020 has been a rough year. There is a global pandemic, communities are hurting, people are dying, and everything in the news is bleak. While what is happening today may seem hopeless, nationwide protests aren’t necessarily bad; they can invoke massive social change. During times of civil unrest, like we are experiencing now, we can…