Leveraging Inclusive Healthcare: Key Considerations for Medical Professionals Treating Patients with Disabilities and Society's Progress Towards Greater Inclusion
Colleen Kelly Starkloff is Co-Founder, with her late husband Max Starkloff, of two nonprofit disability rights focused organizations in St. Louis Paraquad is one of the first ten federally funded Independent Living Centers in the nation. The Starkloff Disability Institute is focused on disability employment in mainstream jobs and the promotion of Universal Design in home and community design. She has organized two international conferences on disability rights and seven national conferences on the use and benefits of Universal Design. She was a member of a citizen group that founded the City of St. Louis Affordable Housing Trust Fund and served as its first Chairperson. She has traveled to Japan and Sweden promoting disability rights with disabled advocates in those nations. She has attended many international conferences focused on the rights of people with disabilities to live productive, independent lives in their own communities and have the supports needed to maintain themselves at home, attend schools, colleges, universities and trade schools in order to prepare themselves to enter America's workforce. She is a Commencement Speaker, has two Honorary Degrees, a Community Organizer, a public speaker, has received numerous awards for her work in disability rights, and is a Woman of Achievement in St. Louis. Although she recently retired, she continues to work on significant disability rights issues at the local, state and national levels. She enjoys very much being able to speak with people interested in knowing more about issues related to people living with disabilities.