Paraquad provides free one-on-one Supported Education tutoring to adults 18 and older who have goals to improve their academic skills.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for Supported Education tutoring, a student must meet all three requirements.

  1. Must reside in 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.

Supported Education Tutoring Service

Tutors assist students who want to improve their learning in academic subjects such as reading, math, finances, computers, etc. Students may want a tutor for short term academic goals such as preparing to enroll for a class, maintaining their skills between classes or studying for specific exams, such as the written driver’s exam.

Testing and Certifications

Students take assessment tests to track their progress while being tutored. Students do not receive grades or certifications while being tutored in Supported Education.

Costs and Fees

Supported Education tutoring from Paraquad is free of charge and is funded by the Productive Living Board for St. Louis County Citizens with Developmental Disabilities.


The student and tutor meet at a public-access location like Paraquad, a library, college, etc. Tutoring is not done in private homes.


Tutoring is scheduled by the student and tutor. Usually sessions are scheduled once a week for 90 minutes to 2 hours.


Transportation is not provided and is the responsibility of the student.