Paraquad’s Public Policy & Advocacy Department is the recipient of three grants aimed at educating and engaging the community on issues essential to the long-term health and well-being of Missourians with disabilities.
Community Voices for Medicaid – Community Catalyst
Our Community Voices for Medicaid initiative is focused on educating the community on the importance of Medicaid to people with disabilities. By uplifting and amplifying the stories of Medicaid recipients and educating community leaders, we hope to raise awareness and interest in preserving this vital program. If you or someone you know would like to share their story, please contact Sarah Schwegel at firstname.lastname@example.org/314.289.4277.
You can read our Medicaid Ambassadors’ personal stories in our Community Voices for Medicaid Storybook!
Civic Engagement – Missouri Foundation for Health
People with disabilities face many barriers to civic engagement – from difficulty registering to vote, voting accessibility challenges, scant political discourse around disability-related issues, and lack of information on how to contact political leaders and effectively discuss current legislative issues. With our civic engagement grant through the Missouri Foundation for Health, we are working to break down those barriers. Last year, we connected candidates and voters through our 2020 candidate survey and provided a robust voter education program to people with disabilities and their allies across the state leading up to the 2020 primary and general elections.
With the election behind us, we are moving forward with the second phase of this project: advocate education and engagement. By offering training, workshops, and facilitating opportunities for advocates and lawmakers to connect, we continue to strengthen and amplify the disability community in the St. Louis-region and across the state.
Assistive Technology – Missouri Assistive Technology
We support people with disabilities through assistive technology demonstrations that allow participants to try a piece of technology or equipment before making the commitment to purchasing it. If you or someone you know would benefit from being able to test out assistive technology, including mobility devices, accessible home equipment, or computer software or accessories, contact Briana Conley at email@example.com.