For many young adults with neuromuscular disease, the challenges and rewards of college offer a steppingstone to greater independence
“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.
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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
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.
Advocacy is needed to pass amendments to this landmark bill that will expand muscular dystrophy research and health care efforts
Times have changed dramatically since 2001, thanks to the passage that year of the Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance, Research and Education (MD CARE) Act — a bill designed to advance research and health care for all forms of muscular dystrophy. Among the changes:
MDA advocacy efforts are focused on accelerating research advances and treatment discovery while expanding the resources available to those affected with the disease
Today, research discoveries are bringing us closer than ever to effective therapies for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and other neuromuscular diseases. Medical knowledge of neuromuscular disease is broadening, and children and adults with these diseases are living longer, fuller lives.
But significant challenges remain.
Expert information about higher education, living independently at college and employment is available in upcoming MDA webinars for young adults with neuromuscular diseases
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.
Having a disability doesn’t mean you can’t find the love of your life; young adults with neuromuscular disease share their stories and advice
If you have limited movement, how do you make the first move on a date? Is it OK to bring a personal care attendant on a date? At what point would you let a "significant other" provide personal care for you?