2012 Shine the Light Award Honorees

The 2012 Paraquad Shine the Light Awards recognized the special contributions of businesses, organizations and individuals that make our community a more welcoming, more accessible and more equitable place for people with disabilities.

The five award recipients for 2012 were Metro, Regions, the St. Louis Cardinals, Schnuck Markets Inc. and The Home Depot.

Former Missouri state Sen. Joan Bray received Paraquad’s Legacy of Excellence Award.

Award recipients were honored at a dinner gala on Nov. 29, 2012, at the Chase Park Plaza.

Award winners 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.

Paraquad is proud to “Shine the Light” on our partners whose efforts increase the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.

2012 Shine the Light Award Honorees

One of Metro’s most important priorities is making sure that people can lead independent lives.

Metro has been a national leader to ensure people of all abilities can access public transportation. Metro was one of the first public transportation organizations to put lifts on all of its buses and to ensure that its train stations were fully accessible.

Metro continues to partner with Paraquad to identify and improve accessibility at bus stops and to address the needs of all people with disabilities.

We are honored to recognize Metro’s steadfast and ongoing commitment to accessibility.

Regions has a mission dedicated to making life better. Regions takes great pride in how its business is shaped and in its core values that always put people first and focus on its customers.

A leader in providing banking for the disabled community, Regions works directly with advocacy groups like Paraquad to offer cutting-edge services and a positive banking experience to people of all abilities.

With more than 70 branches and 95 ATMs in the St. Louis area, Regions’ commitment to providing quality services for the disabled community is only one of the many reasons we are pleased to honor its continued commitment to making St. Louis a more accessible community for us all.

When building a new stadium in 2005, the St. Louis Cardinals worked together with Paraquad and others in the disabled community to ensure that people with disabilities would have a great experience cheering on the hometown team.

From the design of Busch Stadium to nightly dedication by staff, we thank the St. Louis Cardinals organization for its vision and commitment to making all fans feel like they’re part of the action.

With a proactive vision and sense of responsibility to the disabled community, we proudly recognize the St. Louis Cardinals for continued efforts to make Busch Stadium and our community more accessible.

Schnucks has been serving customers a unique combination of quality food, variety and value for more than seven decades. Founded in north St. Louis in 1939, the family-owned grocer has grown to include 100 stores in five states.

We recognize Schnucks for its unwavering commitment to making St. Louis more accessible. From the design of its stores, to its employment practices and sincere desire to serve every customer equally, Schnucks truly exemplifies the mission of Paraquad.

Through vision, commitment and a sense of community, Schnucks is a true leader, respecting the diversity of its employees and customers.

The Home Depot has set an example of strong values and commitment to customer care since opening its first location in 1979.

We recognize The Home Depot for its ongoing commitment to serving the disabled community. Wider aisles, accessible shopping carts and accessible parking ensure that the shopping experience is positive for people of all abilities. Additionally, dedicated staff are trained to provide expert advice on how to retrofit a home to accommodate a person with a disability.

The Home Depot is committed to improving the communities in which it does business, and has embraced the responsibility of serving the disabled and aging populations as the right thing to do.

Former Missouri state legislator Joan Bray is being recognized with the Legacy of Excellence Award for her service to the state of Missouri to promote positive change for people with disabilities. She served in the Missouri House from 1992–2002 and in the Missouri Senate from 2002–2010.

Among her many accomplishments, Bray helped direct state funding toward Centers for Independent Living (CIL) like Paraquad, supported the Consumer Directed Services program that allows people to live independently with assistance from a personal attendant and promoted a fully accessible public transportation.

Bray has been a tireless supporter of healthcare access for all and a passionate advocate of opportunities and accessibility for people with disabilities.