Education

A strong support system makes it possible for one gifted student with Duchenne muscular dystrophy to pursue his dreams

posted on January 9, 2014 - 9:31am
Raymond Walter isn’t your typical teenager. Having graduated from high school at age 14 and from college at 18, he’s already knee-deep in his doctoral studies in mathematics and physics as a Distinguished Doctoral Fellow and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Arkansas at age 19. 

The daylong, MDA-supported conference held Aug. 24, 2013, focused on all aspects of Becker muscular dystrophy; videos are now online

posted on September 11, 2013 - 12:15pm
The 2013 MDA-supported Becker Muscular Dystrophy Conference, held Aug. 24 in Baltimore and co-hosted by MDA and Johns Hopkins Medicine, was "high-energy" with "phenomenal" presenters, says Annie Kennedy, MDA's senior vice president of advocacy, who attended and helped organize the meeting. Some 130 people attended in person and many more, including some from outside the United States, attended...

The answer is a resounding 'maybe'

posted on July 1, 2013 - 9:12am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 3
Ever wonder if your child with a neuromuscular disease would do better in a different learning environment, but don’t know what else is out there? One option may be a charter school — or maybe not. Charter schools are public schools

Hurry — deadline to apply is Feb. 18

posted on January 30, 2013 - 10:11am
If you are a college student or recent graduate with a disability and are interested in a career in international affairs, there’s a new internship program launching this summer in Washington, D.C.  However, if you want to be considered, you’ll need to hurry — the online deadline is February 18.

CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries is accepting applications for quality-of-life grants and academic scholarships from people with disabilities; the next deadline is Nov. 1, 2012

posted on October 5, 2012 - 4:55pm
A small nonprofit organization is offering limited grants for in-home care to people with physical disabilities. The next quality-of-life grant application deadline is November 1, 2012.

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.

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...
posted on April 9, 2012 - 12:00pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 2
Spring is in the air, and you know what that means — it’s time to prepare for your child’s IEP or 504 plan meeting. Whether you’re just getting started or you’re an old pro, it’s always a good idea to get your game plan ready ahead of time. To help alleviate the stress that can go along with IEP meetings, here’s a roundup of some useful resources that can strengthen your IEP/504 plan toolkit and...