About Us

A woman in a wheelchair browses Stone-Hayes resources
At Stone-Hayes, we talk a great deal about attitude in independent living and about the role attitude plays as the prime barrier for people with disabilities. We talk about the Americans with Disabilities Act and other civil rights legislation, but emphasize that attitudes can’t be legislated. We have started the historical record that reveals the shaping of today’s perceptions and attitudes.

Sometimes, the first barrier faced by a person with a disability can be his or her own attitude. And our work reflects this. Our services focus on transition and acceptance as well as helping find services and support. Independence is not something that can be granted. It is a right no one must claim.

We are challenging ourselves -- and those we serve -- to change our attitudes and to change our society. We pursue our dreams without limitations upon ourselves.

It is imperative that we continue to work toward shifting attitudes in order to remove architectural and communication barriers that limit our full participation in communities. 

Disability Facts
Disabilities touch nearly every person, whether it is you, a family member, or a friend. Some disabilities, such as hearing loss, a heart condition, arthritis, or limited vision, cannot be seen. Did you know:
  • One in five individuals has a disability 
  • At age 55, there is a 50/50 chance of having a disability 
  • At age 70, 83% of individuals have a disability and their condition is likely to become more and more severe 
  • Nearly 6.5 million people use a device (wheelchair, walker, crutches, artificial arm or hand, cane, leg or foot brace, or other kinds of braces) to assist them in walking and moving about
Improving Lives and Independence
The efforts to improve the lives and independence of persons with disabilities has a positive impact on businesses and the community. In addition to being active citizens, people with disabilities are a pool of employees and a "market" in and of themselves.

Accommodations for people with disabilities make life easier for all of us. A modification as simple as reducing the strength required to open a door is an amenity appreciated by the mother of a small child or someone carrying several packages, as well as a person with a physical disability.