About Katie & Steve
Katie Rodriguez Banister
President, Access-4-All, LLC
Mrs. Katie Rodriguez Banister, Ms. Wheelchair Missouri 2010, survived an auto accident in 1990 that left her a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the chest down. After six months of rehabilitation and fifteen months of living with her parents, she returned to living independently in 1992. Katie worked with the city of Webster Groves, MO for five years as their Access Coordinator. Katie’s work experience prior to her accident includes: Latch-Key Director, Sales Representative for Pitney-Bowes, Social Director for Lodge of the Four Seasons.
With her husband, Steve the two co-founded Access-4-All, Inc. with a mission to educate and empower others through motivational speaking and disability education. As a person who gives back to her community, Katie serves on the Community College Access Board, and has been a member of the Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis Board of Directors since 1992, serving two terms as President. Katie was a performer and founding member with St. Louis’ “DisAbility Project” for six years. She served as a board member and President of the Delta Center for Independent Living from 1996-2002 and board member of the VSA Arts of MO from 1996- 2000. She coproduced her own motivational video "Change Takes Time."
Katie’s honors include Ms. Wheelchair Missouri 2010, Energizer Keep it Going Hall of Fame Semifinalist 2010; 2001 St. Louis Woman of Achievement; Missouri Jaycees 1998 Ten Outstanding Young Missourians; St. Louis Jaycees Jr. Chamber of Commerce 1995 Ten Outstanding Young St. Louisans; MO Governor’s Council on Disability 1993 Advocate of the Year; Central MO State University Outstanding Freshman in the Department of Recreation 1983-84, and Kirkwood MO Jr. Miss 1982.
Katie has authored:
“Aunt Katie’s Visit,” (2003) an educational book for children, which has equally been enjoyed by parents, teachers and librarians.
“The Personal Care Attendant Guide,”(2007) Demos Medical Publishing, a how-to guide on caregiving; ways to find and how to be a good caregiver.
“A Pocket of Poems and How to Write Your Own” (2008) to encourage and teach young adults to write poetry as a coping mechanism.
“Karmic Validations – The Signs and Symbols Along Your Way” (2110) The Universe is communicating. Are you willing to slow down enough to listen?
Katie is a dynamic speaker, actor, author, poet and consultant. (314) 481-0633
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PO Box 220751
St. Louis, MO 63122
Growing up with Klinefelter’s Syndrome (born with an extra chromosome, also called XXY47,) Steve dealt with a myriad of learning disabilities (LD.) The public school system he went to in the 1970’s did not recognize LD as a serious condition and was of little assistance. Luckily, Steve’s mother, a former school teacher and librarian didn’t give up and helped him learn how to learn.
Steve graduated with a Bachelor’s in Educational Studies (BES) degree in Rehabilitation Counseling; emphasis in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1986. He then worked as an Independent Living Specialist at Services for Independent Living (SIL) in Columbia, Missouri. In 1991 he was promoted to Program Director and always kept a client caseload in addition to administrative duties. During his tenure of assisting people with all types of disabilities learn independent living skills, self-advocacy, etc, Steve facilitated SIL’s Epilepsy Support Group for over 10 years.
In 1999, Steve moved on to a Program Manager position at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Gateway Area Chapter in St. Louis, Missouri, where he managed over twenty MS Self-Help groups in eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois. Steve also oversaw a telephone self-help program and facilitated a care-partner self-help group.
From 2001 through the present, Steve has been Vice President of Access-4-All, Inc, assisting his wife Katie Rodriguez Banister in creating disability awareness books, presentations, providing attendant care for Katie and helping to advocate for a more accessible society.