College and Beyond

For many individuals with neuromuscular diseases, finding a meaningful career can make for a richer, more independent life

posted on October 8, 2015 - 9:47am
Going from being a high school or college student to an independent, working adult can be challenging for almost anyone. But for individuals who live with neuromuscular diseases, the transition into the workforce can be especially overwhelming.  But young adults in the MDA community who have successfully made this employment leap agree that the rewards of meaningful work are worth the...

Finding a new job for the summer in a new city and learning the value of embracing the unexpected

posted on October 8, 2015 - 9:31am
Quest Fall 2015
I decided to go to business school because I wanted to propel myself into a new career in a new industry. Leaving the tech world for the life sciences field would be no easy transition, and I realized a master’s degree would be my best way to accomplish this goal.

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
Quest Summer 2015
“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.

Butting in with a view on employment

posted on January 5, 2015 - 9:23am
Quest Winter 2015
Considering the title of this column, From Where I Sit, I’m surprised more people have not written about butts. After all, for those of us wheeling around at a seated height — I live with type 2 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) — other people’s butts are often what we see from where we sit. 

News and updates from the MDA community

posted on January 5, 2015 - 9:05am
Quest Winter 2015
Shining STAR: The MD STARnet project expands to learn more about neuromuscular disease

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
Quest Winter 2014
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. 

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.