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A Look Back at 2017

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Fiscal Year 2017, which concluded at the end of September, was a busy and productive stretch for Paraquad.

Last year, Paraquad continued to empower people with disabilities to increase their independence through more than 20 programs and services. Read more

Sarah Coyle

My Favorite Words

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Independence, empowerment, accessibility, equality, universal design — these words are often used in describing positive aspects of disability. Here now are some of my favorite words as they relate to living with a disability. Read more

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Paraquad Grows to Meet Community Needs

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Pardon our dust, please; Paraquad is expanding!

Over the course of its 46-year history, Paraquad has evolved from improving opportunities for people with disabilities primarily through advocacy and awareness efforts to one of the largest Centers for Independent Living in the country. 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

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The Lens of Ability: Workplace Accommodations

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At Paraquad, we are often asked how people with disabilities adapt and do things differently to accomplish everyday tasks independently or with assistance. The Lens of Ability hopes to answer those questions through firsthand accounts of people living with a disability. Read more

Pamela Daugherty and baby

Other Duties as Assigned…

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When you work in a nonprofit setting, it’s not unusual to find yourself doing a variety of tasks that weren’t originally in your job description. And for a creative person like me, it’s this variety that’s kept me in tune with why I became an occupational therapist. Read more

Anna Corbitt

Anna Gets an Accessible Van

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Learning how to drive and getting an accessible van were extremely important goals for me. I started the process more than five years ago and have been through it three times. That includes working with Vocational Rehabilitation to get the van modifications covered. Read more