Max Starkloff - the Legacy Lives On

During one especially cold morning in January of last year, a disabled man who uses a wheelchair and ventilator , and his wife were heading for their office in the 100 block of South 11th Street in downtown St. Louis. They were accosted that morning by a woman, standing outside the building, smoking a cigarette.

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Max and Colleen Starkloff

She wanted to know why in the world a man in a wheelchair would be out in this weather. She wasn't placated by the obvious response from the man's companion that he, like many other St.Louisans, was simply on his way to work. It apparently didn't occur to the woman that some severely disabled people work every day.

Nor did she realize that the man dressed in warm clothes and on the ventilator was Max Starkloff, a nationally known disability rights leader who went to work daily until he died last December at age 73. He and his wife were on their way to the Starkloff Disability Institute, which they founded years after they created Paraquad, an organization that became a national force for the rights of the disabled.


Read more:

http://www.stlbeacon.org/arts-life/neighborhoods/out-and-about/111857-disabilities-act-anniversary-highlights-daily-battles

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