Paraquad presented the 2017 Shine the Light Awards on Tuesday, April 4, at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis.  Attendees enjoyed a special cocktail hour followed by a dinner and awards ceremony. Billed as a “job creation machine for adults with intellectual disabilities,” SammySoap, a specialty store in Kirkwood,was recognized for its hiring practices and commitment to wage equality for people with disabilities. A dedication to creating accessible exhibits for people with disabilities earned the Missouri History Museum an award. This annual awards event “shines the light” on St. Louis area businesses, organizations, and individuals who are actively supporting disability rights, promoting equality and inclusion, and making our community more accessible for people with disabilities.

Founded in 1970, Paraquad is the leading disability services provider in the St. Louis region. One of the oldest Centers for Independent Living in the country, Paraquad’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to increase their independence through choice and opportunity. A key focus is to make St. Louis more accessible for all people by advocating, building awareness and delivering comprehensive services.