Education

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
“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.

A nonprofit led by a teacher and minister with limb-girdle MD again is offering postgraduate scholarships and small quality-of-life grants

posted on April 8, 2011 - 4:57pm
(Update 9/14/11: The 2011 scholarship winners have been selected. To view a list of winners visit www.deshae.org/cmms/awards/2011/scholars.pdf. Applications for quality of life grants continue to be accepted and are awarded on an ongoing basis.)
posted on March 31, 2011 - 10:35am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 2
Looking for help as you prepare to meet with your child’s school about individual education plans (IEPs) or 504 Plans, both of which provide accommodations for students with disabilities? Well, you've come to the right place. The following list of IEP and 504 plan resources will help you get started and moving in the right direction. If you can't print this list, contact your local MDA office to...

Winners with ALS, SMA and LGMD receive support to pursue postgraduate education

posted on September 17, 2010 - 2:29pm
Three accomplished scholars determinedly pursuing their educations while living with neuromuscular disease are the first winners of the CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries outreach program scholarships. “We were so impressed,” with the winning candidates, said Deshae Lott, 39, a teacher and minster from Bossier City, La., who founded the nonprofit that bears her name. “These three show great strength of...

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-...