Daily Living

Helpful tips to minimize end-of-year stress and maximize the spirit of the season

posted on October 8, 2015 - 9:37am
As the autumn leaves start to fall, the holiday season is upon us. And between the hustle and bustle of decorating, shopping, food preparation and social gatherings, the holidays can be a source of increased stress. Anyone can feel overwhelmed this festive time of year, but for people living with neuromuscular diseases, managing the additional activities and expenses is crucial to maintaining...

Expert information about higher education, living independently at college and employment is available in upcoming MDA webinars for young adults with neuromuscular diseases

posted on August 7, 2012 - 9:15am
Update (Aug. 22, 2012) — Links have been added to the archived versions of each webinar. MDA’s public webinar series has a host of offerings in August for young adults with neuromuscular diseases who are interested in higher education and employment.

For someone with a mobility problem, social situations can be nice — or nightmares

posted on July 1, 2012 - 3:05pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 3
Peek into the inner workings of a disabled person's mind contemplating various extracurricular activities. There are so many considerations to be taken under advisement. Author Kristal Hardin Otherwise, the consequences may range from slightly humorous to somewhat humiliating to ultimately disastrous.

As your child's needs change, so will his or her school experience

posted on July 1, 2012 - 3:03pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 3
No matter what grade your child is about to enter this fall, you will have all the concerns of every parent — and a whole lot more because of your child’s neuromuscular disease. There are ways to make the transition to a new school year smoother — and MDA can help. Getting started Before the school year starts, make an appointment to visit your child’s new teacher and scope out the school. Talk...

Know your candidates' views on crucial issues, and use your power as an advocate and a voter

posted on July 1, 2012 - 3:01pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 3
Did you know that people with disabilities are 10 percent less likely to be registered to vote, and 20 percent less likely to actually go to the polls and vote in an election?

The right equipment makes it easier

posted on July 1, 2012 - 3:00pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 3
The first hint that I was exhibiting symptoms of a muscular disorder came to me in 1997, when I began having problems rising from a church pew. I realized that I could no longer rise simply by grasping the back of the pew in front of me and pulling myself up. I decided my muscle weakness was simply a result of insufficient activity and advancing age, and that the problem could be overcome by...

An accomplished adult with SMA reflects on his lifelong struggle to overcome the gravitational pull of low expectations

posted on July 1, 2012 - 3:00pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 3
When I was 7 years old, I stomped up the front porch steps into our modest eastside Detroit home. With tears in my eyes and head bowed toward the ground, I related to my mother how some friends did not pick me to join the impromptu baseball game organizing along a strip of grass across the street. Once again, real estate on the Louisville slugger had vanished, and I had not ended up a member of...

For the fifth year, veterinary ophthalmologists in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will provide free eye exams for qualified service animals

posted on April 17, 2012 - 6:00am
Update (June 22, 2012) — The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (AVCO) announced today that, with the help of 250 volunteer board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists, nearly 5,000 service animals were examined in the May 2012 event. Guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, detection dogs, search-and-rescue dogs and other service animals, including horses and a donkey,...