Paraquad today announced the five recipients of the 2015 Shine the Light Awards and the individual recipient of the Legacy of Excellence Award. This year’s recipients are AT&T; Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch; Jewish Federation of St. Louis; Logan University, College of Chiropractic; and The Muny.
Shine the Light Award recipients are nominated by their peers based on accomplishments in areas that may include employment and hiring practices for people with disabilities; dedication to ensuring an accessible facility for all; disability-focused customer service training; support and advocacy for disability rights and services; or similar contributions.
The family of the late David B. Gray, Ph.D., will receive Paraquad’s Legacy of Excellence Award on his behalf. Gray, who passed away earlier this year, worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people with disabilities through his work at Washington University School of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and as the director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
Gray’s leadership led to the development of the Enabling Mobility Center, now called the Health and Wellness Center, at Paraquad. His legacy lives on in the thousands of students he taught at Washington University School of Medicine, including those who completed their research projects in his lab, affectionately known as “GrayLab.”
The 2015 Paraquad Shine the Light Awards will be held Wednesday, Nov. 4 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. The Shine the Light Awards recognize the special contributions of businesses, organizations and individuals who make our community a more welcoming, more accessible and more equitable place for people with disabilities.
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Founded in 1970, Paraquad is the leading disability services provider in the St. Louis region. One of the oldest Centers for Independent Living in the country, Paraquad’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to increase their independence through choice and opportunity. A key focus is to make St. Louis more accessible for all people by advocating, building awareness and delivering comprehensive services.
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