Webster Recognized for Accessibility

One of five organizations recognized by Paraquad

ST. LOUIS - Webster University is one of five St. Louis organizations that will be honored by Paraquad, a nonprofit organization that has offered services to people with disabilities for more than 40 years. Webster is being recognized for all the work completed on its Webster Groves home campus to make its classes and offices more accessible to those with disabilities.

The other organizations that will be honored during the second annual AccessibleSTL Shine the Light Awards on Nov. 14 at the Chase Park Plaza are Sansone Group, the City of Clayton, Mercy and Monsanto. Additionally, J. Kim Tucci, co-founder of The Pasta House Co., will receive Paraquad's Legacy of Excellence Award during the ceremony.

Webster University's commitment to diversity and inclusion is expressed in many ways, including the vibrant nature of our global community of faculty, staff, and students; the content and focus of our academic programs; and the design of facilities and services,” said Webster University President Elizabeth “Beth” J. Stroble. “We are honored to receive recognition for initiatives that increase accessibility for those who work and study at Webster.  I am grateful to Webster colleagues who advance a culture that welcomes and supports excellence and success.

According to a statement from Paraquad, “These Awards are given annually to businesses, organizations and individuals who are leaders in promoting accessibility for the disabled community and aging population—whether through their services, their employment practices, their products and/or their facilities.”

Webster was nominated for the award earlier this summer. Factors that were recognized by the nomination committee included:

  • Webster's commitment to diversity and inclusion;
  • The University's accessibility committee, which is charged with challenging the university to exceed ADA standards;
  • The University's website, which includes tags and codes to make it easier for people with visual and mobility impairments to browse the site using specialized software;
  • The recent work Webster has completed on its campuses, including installing new wheelchair ramps in several buildings, installing motion detection doors that open automatically thus easing access for those in wheelchairs, providing ADA accessible on-campus living quarters for students and increasing the number of ADA accessible restrooms throughout campus.

The awards were announced last week in the St. Louis Business Journal.

About Webster University:

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses and a robust online learning program. Founded in 1915, Webster University's campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional residential campuses in Asia, Europe and North America. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

About Paraquad:

Founded in 1970, Paraquad (www.paraquad.org) is the leading disability services provider in the St. Louis region. One of the oldest non-residential 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.