Aimee Wehmeier

Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities


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


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


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

Monica Williams

Love is Love


I will never understand why some people seem to have a problem seeing a person with a disability in a relationship with an able-bodied person. It’s as if we aren’t good enough to be with someone without a disability. Read more

Christy Herzing

Raising the Bar and Carving a Path


I can still vividly recall a day many years ago when I was all of 7 or 8 years old.  I had just arrived home from school, tossed my backpack on the kitchen table and announced that I didn’t have to do as many math problems for homework as the other kids in my class. Read more

Blindfolds On? Let’s Play (Beep)ball


Have you ever heard someone say, “This is so easy, I could do it with my eyes closed?” Now imagine a team of blindfolded Major League Baseball players strolling out onto the diamond to do just that. Read more

Senija Bajric

I Am Committed to Paraquad


I immigrated to the United States from Bosnia, a country where you wouldn’t see a person with disability working or out in public. However, I quickly learned that people with disabilities are just like you and me. Read more