Paraquad offers Continuing Education classes throughout the year to adults 18 and older. Private tutoring is available to adults who reside in St. Louis County.


Students can choose from a variety of exciting courses to work toward their individual goals and improve their academic, communication and independent living skills.

Classes may include topics such as reading, money and budgeting, everyday numbers (math, time, schedules, distance and measurements), computers, communication and improving skills needed at work.

Workshops such as gardening, woodshop, cooking, community access and book clubs give students an opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom.

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING CLASSES. Due to COVID, in-person Continuing Education Classes have been temporarily been suspended.

Classes will be offered virtually until further notice. Students must have access to a tablet, computer, or phone to participate in virtual classes. Please call Candice Zottarelle (314)-289-4217 with any questions.

Virtual Class Descriptions

June 14th-August 2nd 2021

Virtual Book Clubs: Monday-Thursday 6-7pm

Treasure Island (8 weeks)

Book Clubs are for everyone with any kind of reading skill! Treasure Island is set in the days of sailing ships and pirates. Help Jim Hawkins with his search for the buried treasure of an evil pirate, Captain Flint.

We use the illustrated book “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Virtual Social Skills: Monday-Thursday 6-7pm

Boyfriends and Girlfriends (8 weeks)

This class is helpful if you have never dated before and want to find someone special. It is also useful if you already have a boyfriend or girlfriend and want to make sure your relationship is healthy, safe and fun. We will talk about what to do when you have a crush on someone, how to tell if a person likes you, who is an appropriate dating partner and who is not, how to handle rejection, what to do when you want to break up, how to respect your partner’s boundaries, and what sexual feelings are. We use the book, “Boyfriends and Girlfriends” by Terri Couwenhoven, M.S.

Safety First! (8 weeks)

We all want and deserve to feel safe in our environment. This class will help you learn how to be safe at home and in the community. In this class you will learn about emergencies and how to be prepared during unsafe situations. Students will also learn safety awareness and how to respond appropriately to strangers.

Paraquad Continuing Education

Registration Instructions

1. Pick one class from above.

2. Pick your night. Monday, or Thursday.

3. Registration starts on Monday, May 24th and ends on Friday, May 28th.

Call Candice Zottarelle (314) 289-4269 to sign up for class.


Classes are at Paraquad.


Classes are free to eligible adults. Private pay options may be available to those not eligible for free classes. Some workshops such as cooking and community access may have program fees.

The Continuing Education program is funded by the Productive Living Board for St. Louis County Citizens with Developmental Disabilities and the St. Louis Office for Developmental Disability Resources. The class size and availability of classes may be limited based on available funding.


Free or low-cost transportation to the education site is available from most locations.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for Continuing Education programs, a student must meet all three requirements.

  1. Must reside in St. Louis City or St. Louis County.
  2. Must have a diagnosed and documented developmental disability that is attributable to:
    • Intellectual Disability
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Autism
    • Epilepsy
    • A person who has substantial functional limitations in at least two of the following life areas:
      • Self-care
      • Understanding and communicating language
      • Learning
      • Self-direction
      • Living independently or being economically self-sufficient
      • Physical mobility
  3. The disability must appear before the student is 22 years old and reflects the person’s need for individually planned and coordinated services throughout life or for an extended period.