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Service Dogs: From Nose to Tail

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I got my first service dog the summer before starting college. I didn’t want to be on a big college campus alone. My thought at the time was, “I’ll get a guide dog. That way, even if I get lost, at least I won’t be lost alone.” Read more

Chris Worth

Higher Level Thinking Accessible to Everyone

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When I was elementary school age, I was falsely diagnosed as having a severe intellectual disability. So it was decided that I would not be taught to read or write. That decision has shaped nearly every subsequent decision that I’ve made. Read more

Aimee Wehmeier

Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities

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As we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Paraquad joins with many other organizations in recognizing the ongoing, uphill battle to achieve parity in the workplace. In fact, and alarmingly, since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990, employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities have improved little, if at all. Read more

Christy Herzing

Raising the Bar and Carving a Path

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I can still vividly recall a day many years ago when I was all of 7 or 8 years old.  I had just arrived home from school, tossed my backpack on the kitchen table and announced that I didn’t have to do as many math problems for homework as the other kids in my class. Read more

Monica Williams

Why We Ride in the Street

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Rolling on St. Louis sidewalks is like riding a bumpy obstacle course. People who use power wheelchairs or scooters often choose to ride their device in the street to keep from dealing with all of the dips, humps and holes on a sidewalk. Read more