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For many young adults with neuromuscular disease, the challenges and rewards of college offer a steppingstone to greater independence

posted on July 14, 2015 - 3:23pm
“I was already signed up for Duke, and was wait-listed for Yale, but waiting for Harvard. When I opened the Harvard letter, I got the shock of my life, and that was it!” says 17-year-old Caroline Zheng on being accepted to her dream school, Harvard, where she’ll start classes in the fall.

A state rehabilitation program remodeled my bathroom — and my life

posted on March 31, 2011 - 11:44am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 2
I never thought I would be so excited about getting a new toilet, sink and shower. But my new fully wheelchair-accessible bathroom has made such a difference in my life, my attitude and my outlook that I can truly say this makeover has been a life-changing event. More than 10 years ago, I received a diagnosis of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Over the years, I’ve...
posted on March 31, 2011 - 10:35am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 2
Need help confronting the costs of home modifications such as a bathroom redo (see Bidets: A Disability Friendly Way to Go)? To help lessen the financial burden of paying for home modifications (including adaptive bathroom equipment and bathroom modifications as well as other home modifications), the resources listed here provide a good starting point in your search for more information...

Tips for achieving quality of life and independence by living with paid personal attendants and their familes

posted on December 31, 2009 - 1:19am
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 1
A wise friend at my Quaker meeting once told me, “It’s a ministry to offer help, but it’s also a ministry to accept help.” Let’s just say that my life situation has given me quite a lot of opportunities to exercise the ministry of accepting help! I was born with type 2 spinal muscular atrophy and left home for graduate school at age 25 never having had anyone except my mother help me with my...

A college freshman in a power chair is the first in her school’s history to go through sorority ‘rush’

posted on December 10, 2009 - 6:16pm
On one of her first days at the University of Missouri, freshman Gabriella Garbero achieved campus-wide notoriety when her father Matt passed out in her dormitory. He wasn’t impaired -- other than being dehydrated and not having eaten for most of the day, and having diabetes, which he found out about from that experience. The stress of helping his daughter get settled into college life probably...

U.S. Department of Labor updates its Web site for people with disabilities

posted on July 30, 2009 - 1:41pm
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has reorganized and renamed its Web site that provides information to assist people with disabilities. Target audiences for the site, www.disability.gov, include not only people with disabilities, but also their families, employers, caregivers, veterans, educators and anyone else seeking disability-related information. The site is broken down into 10 subject...

Short, free guide answers questions about the ADA and other disability rights laws

posted on July 13, 2009 - 4:27pm
“Individuals with disabilities are a protected class under civil rights laws, and it is the one protected class that anyone can join, usually involuntarily, at any point in their lives.” So says attorney Jacquie Brennan, the author of a new guide to disability rights laws, The Disability Law Handbook, that recently was released by the Southwest Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center...
posted on July 1, 2009 - 3:30pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 3
The high number of recent property foreclosures, driven by an uncertain economy, is taking a particular toll on people with disabilities who rent homes, condos and apartments. People with disabilities often require ground-floor dwellings and close proximity to medical services, equipment providers, caregivers and accessible means of transportation. These requirements — plus difficulties with...