Transition Programs

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. 

Advocacy is needed to pass amendments to this landmark bill that will expand muscular dystrophy research and health care efforts

posted on October 3, 2013 - 9:12am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 4
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

posted on August 29, 2013 - 10:37am
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

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.

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

posted on February 14, 2012 - 11:54am
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?
posted on January 1, 2012 - 12:14pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 1
On a beautiful autumn day in September, six accomplished adults came to Washington, D.C., representing the voice and experience of hundreds of others who share the common experience of being adults living with “pediatric-onset” neuromuscular disorders. “We were the generation that was hoped for — and now we’re here,” said Vance Taylor, 33, a homeland security consultant from Washington, D.C., who...

Quest shares lessons from parents who have successfully helped their children with muscle diseases grow into self-reliant adults

posted on October 1, 2011 - 3:32pm
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 4
When Vance Taylor was a boy, he didn’t know any adult he could look to and say, “There’s somebody like me.” His mother, Morena Noyes, recalls the first time she took Vance and his sister Kathy — both of whom have limb-girdle muscular dystrophy — to MDA summer camp. “We were still in the parking lot, in our Astro van,” Noyes says. “Vance looked, and then he turned to his sister and said, ‘Kathy,...

Get those cameras ready! MDA is seeking Make-a-Muscle pix and photos of accessibility makeovers

posted on July 28, 2011 - 10:33am
This summer, MDA is inviting everyone to participate in its new "Make a Muscle, Make a Difference" public awareness campaign by submitting photos of friends and family flexing their muscles for MDA. MDA also is seeking photos for its "Accessible Spaces Gallery" debuting in August on the MDA Transitions Resource Center, a website designed to help young people with muscle diseases make the...