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...

Nonprofit offers scholarships and practical support to people with disabilities

posted on April 1, 2010 - 4:11pm
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 2
Scott Hatley is the 30-year-old co-founder of Incight, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Ore., that helps people with disabilities set and achieve career goals through scholarships, mentoring relationships, microloans and other resources.

Online degrees can level the playing field for college students with disabilities

posted on April 1, 2010 - 4:05pm
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 2
When Julia Greenstine was working on her master’s degree at Appalachian State University, she would routinely travel across campus, go to the library and hang out in common areas to chat with other students. But she’d do it without ever leaving home. In fact, “heading to class” meant Greenstine, 41, would log in to a unique 3-D world called the Applied Education Technology Zone (nicknamed “the...
posted on March 31, 2010 - 10:20pm
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 2
Jacob Gapko has compiled the first-ever bibliography of books about young people with muscular dystrophy, with help from a Carnegie-Whitney Award from the American Library Association. Click on the title to access the bibliography: Children and Young Adults with Muscular Dystrophy: An Annotated Bibliography

The PACER Center reviews several e-readers

posted on March 31, 2010 - 5:49pm
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 2
For people with reading-related disabilities, e-book readers can provide easy access to a world of literature and information. These portable devices store and read electronic books, and their accessibility features can include text-to-speech, audio-supported navigation, and enlarged print. Not all the devices offer all those features, however, so consumers need to shop carefully to find the e-...
posted on March 31, 2010 - 5:32pm
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 2
Bookshare, the world’s largest online library of accessible books and periodicals, is free for students with qualified “print disabilities,” which include difficulty holding a book or turning pages. Bookshare offers more than 60,000 books, textbooks and teacher-recommended reading in accessible formats.

Resources for college-bound students with disabilities

posted on March 31, 2010 - 1:59pm
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 2
Here's a list of contact information that college-bound students with disabilities, and those considering college, may find helpful. For more on college for students with disabilities, see “Empowering Students to ‘Contribute to Society’.”
posted on March 31, 2010 - 11:42am
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 2
Remember your elementary and middle school years? How often did adults ask you what you wanted to be when you grew up or where you wanted to go to college? These early educational years are the perfect time to plant seeds of self-purpose and self-advocacy.