Paraquad’s AccessibleSTL program provides a wealth of training and technical assistance for organizations working to increase inclusion in the St. Louis region. This unique program combines a business-to-business approach and disability expertise to support partners’ goals of an accessible, inclusive culture.
We provide the following services: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) site surveys, customized training and education, policy review and development assistance, website accessibility review and ongoing technical assistance.
ADA Site Surveys
We offer three levels of customized ADA site surveys to help make partner organizations more accessible. Our comprehensive reports often show that making improvements are less expensive than anticipated and prove helpful when planning for future improvements.
Customized Training and Education
Partner organizations receive access to various training topics to increase accessibility and disability awareness, including:
- Basic disability awareness
- The ADA, accessibility and business strategies
- Best practices for interviewing candidates with disabilities
- Disability, diversity and unconscious bias
Other customized training is available to meet specific needs and requests.
Policy Review and Development Assistance
Paraquad staff can assist with reviewing and developing policies to ensure equal access for people with disabilities, including:
- Non-discrimination policy
- Reasonable accommodation policy
- Alternative format policy
- Sign language interpreter policy
Website Accessibility Review
An organization’s website is one of the first places a potential customer or employee goes to learn about its products, services or culture. And with eight in 10 Americans shopping online, website accessibility is now more important than ever. Paraquad is pleased to offer a new service through our AccessibleSTL program to assist organizations with ensuring their website is accessible and compatible with assistive technology.
Ongoing Technical Assistance
AccessibleSTL program participants receive ongoing technical assistance to support the goal of creating inclusion for everyone in the St. Louis community.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can we make our facility accessible?
Many businesses are interested in increasing the accessibility of their facility, but they aren’t sure where to start and may be nervous about the cost of making changes.
How can we create an inclusive environment for people with disabilities?
Being able to interact appropriately and effectively with employees and customers with disabilities is a common challenge and a great learning opportunity.
What can a hiring manager ask when interviewing a person with a disability?
Hiring managers can be uncomfortable in interviews with people with disabilities because they may not be familiar with the appropriate legal guidelines and etiquette.
When an employee or customer needs an accommodation, what do we need to know?
Not knowing where to start can lead to an employee or customer not receiving an accommodation that can promote productivity or satisfaction.
Which companies and organizations have benefited from Paraquad’s AccessibleSTL program?
Paraquad’s AccessibleSTL program has provided training and/or consulting services to the following organizations.
- Center of Creative Arts (COCA)
- City of Chesterfield
- City of Clayton
- City of Shrewsbury
- City of Webster Groves
- CORE10 Architecture
- Enterprise Holdings
- George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University
- Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
- Maryville University
- Missouri History Museum
- Monsanto Co.
- MTM Inc.
- The Muny
- Parkway School District
- Shaw Nature Reserve
- SSM Health
- St. Louis Art Museum
- St. Louis County
- St. Louis Science Center
- Synchronized Resources
- VSA Missouri
- Wells Fargo Advisors
- Youth in Need
To learn more about the AccessibleSTL program, contact Mary Thompson, Accessibility Specialist, at email@example.com.
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