Max Starkloff – fighting for a better life and making a huge difference
When the 26 year old became a quadriplegic after a car wreck, no one ever thought he would become a pioneer for independent living of the disabled. But Max Starkloff did just that. NPR’s story about Max’s extraordinary life and legacy is absolutely inspiring.
Max founded paraquad in 1970. It currently has about 4,000 members. It was one of the first 10 federally-funded independent living centers in the country. Starkloff led Paraquad for 33 years building the organization into the largest provider of services to people with disabilities in the St. Louis region.