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Party to the Max - Save the Date - September 20, 2014 - Grand Hall at St. Louis Union Station

We will Party to the Max on Saturday, September 20 and celebrate the birthday of the late Max J. Starkloff, founder of the Starkloff Disability Institute, who was a trailblazer for people with disabilities. Max also liked a good party.

Honorary Chair: Dr. William H. Danforth

Event Chair: Ray Hartmann

Proceeds benefit the Starkloff Disability Institute (SDI), a non-profit organization whose mission is to create a world that welcomes people with disabilities.

For more information, please contact Lori at 314-588-7090 or lbecker@starkloff.org

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Announcing Maysoon Zayid!

Maysoon ZayidAn actress, professional standup comedian, and writer, Zayid jokes about her family, global culture, and her life with cerebral palsy. Her recent TEDTalks video was a viral sensation with over 4 million views of her powerful message about living rather than suffering with a disability. She co-founded the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival, now in its 10th year. Several months of the year, you will find Zayid in the Palestinian Territories running workshops for disabled and orphaned kids in refugee camps, using art to help them deal with trauma. And yes —if you’re an Adam Sandler fan, you’ll recognize Zayid as the woman behind the beauty-shop counter in You Don’t Mess With the Zohan.




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The Starkloff Disability Institute has as its mission to create a world that welcomes all people with disabilities by empowering them, by influencing the non-disabled, by serving as liaison between the two groups, and by working toward a goal of economic independence through employment.

Max and Colleen Starkloff

Max and Colleen Starkloff co-founded Paraquad, Inc. one of the first ten federally funded independent living centers in the U.S. After 35 successful years at Paraquad Max and Colleen, along with David Newburger, co-founded the Starkloff Disability Institute to take THE NEXT BIG STEP - changing attitudes for a more inclusive society.