Paraquad 314-289-4200 TTY 314-289-4252
5240 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
Works to ensure equal access to services, education, employment, transportation, housing, and health care for people with disabilities.
Paraquad’s guiding principle is to advance the independent living philosophy.
Community Education Program
Paraquad strives to educate individual citizens, community-based organizations, and policy makers through disability awareness workshops to businesses, service providers, rehabilitation centers, religious organizations, colleges, and universities. Self-advocacy skills are taught to participants.
Systems advocacy is provided through Public Policy Dept. whose issues include, but are not limited to: equal opportunities for housing, transportation, employment, access to community activities, and public services. Through individual and family consultation, young people with disabilities and their families are introduced to the independent living concept.
Youth Group TTY (314) 289-4201
Youth group consists of youth with and without disabilities. This integrated group develops social skills they cannot acquire in segregated settings, while non–disabled youth learn to see their disabled peers as people.
Independent Living Centers
Private, not-for-profit, community-based Center for Independent Living.
Programs include, but are not limited to:
information & referral, housing assistance & referral, independent living adult, individual & family consultation, Personal Assistance Services (PAS), peer consultation, career options & employment services, deaf & hard of hearing, Deaf Education Fund, Deaf Way Interpreting Services, community education, youth group, Thelma P. Zalk Educational Endowment Fund, advocacy, community outreach, volunteer, internship, continuing education, People First Self-Advocacy Group, and community links volunteer.