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...

Voc Rehab fuels the way to employment

posted on November 1, 2008 - 9:41am
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 6
Like a pit crew, vocational rehabilitation services (Voc Rehab or VR) help people with disabilities put the pedal to the metal and screech off toward their employment goals. Third-grade teacher Angela Wrigglesworth, who has type 2 spinal muscular atrophy, is a good example. She says her health, happiness and well-being are a direct result of VR’s help.

Former National Goodwill Ambassador receives MDA's top award

posted on November 1, 2007 - 4:16pm
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 6
As a 6-year-old in the first grade, Mike Neufeldt used an orange Pony scooter to keep up with classmates on the playground and in gym class. After attending an MDA Harley-Davidson event, where one of the drivers gave him some decals, Neufeldt proudly plastered the company’s bar and shield on the back of his ride, and when kids inevitably asked if Harley-Davidson had made his scooter, Neufeldt...
posted on July 1, 2007 - 11:24am
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 4
Preparing for and selecting colleges when you have neuromuscular disease is the subject of two Quest articles in the July-August 2007 issue: “The College Game" and “Want to Go to College?” For other Quest articles on college, see “College and Beyond.” General Resources
posted on July 1, 2007 - 11:01am
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 4
As one of the first users of Prodigy and America Online (AOL), I was a pioneer on the Internet. In the early 1990s, I was writing e-mails to my friends, participating in chat rooms and instant messaging conversations, browsing the World Wide Web, and downloading all kinds of cool stuff in the comfort of my own living room. Moreover, the timing couldn’t have been better, because I had just...

Finding the right school for you

posted on July 1, 2007 - 10:02am
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 4
For many, going to college is part of their game plan in life. But when muscle disease also is part of the game, there are disability-specific issues to consider when choosing the right college. This article and "Want to Go to College?" provide tips about college application and selection to help make the whole process a little more accessible, and lead you to a winning finish. Eyes wide open

High school strategies can make it possible

posted on July 1, 2007 - 10:02am
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 4
So you think you want to go to college. Or maybe you haven’t quite made up your mind, but at least you haven’t ruled out the possibility of continuing your education after high school graduation. If college is even a blip on your educational radar, take steps right now to keep your options open later. And if you’ve already decided to go on to college, these tips will help make the process easier...
posted on March 1, 2007 - 10:16am
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 2
This list provides a good starting point for finding information and answers to questions pertaining to education — preschool through college — for students with disabilities. You’ll also find some information about arts, travel, internship and mentoring programs for children and youth.