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...

How assistive technology saved my career

posted on October 1, 2009 - 10:12am
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 4
Using the keyboard and mouse were becoming increasingly difficult for me. For a writer, that can spell the end of a career. But does it have to?
posted on October 1, 2009 - 9:51am
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 4
Employers must consider adapting or providing alternatives for work-related items they would usually provide for all employees such as desks, chairs, computers and telephones, says Linda Batiste, principal consultant for the Job Accommodation Network (JAN).  

Opening the door to function and efficiency

posted on October 1, 2009 - 9:37am
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 4
Making a workspace accessible means different things to different people, from someone with back pain who needs ergonomically designed desks and chairs, to someone with carpal tunnel syndrome who needs voice-recognition software for operating a computer, to someone in a wheelchair with limited arm mobility who needs adaptive equipment to access the entire workspace and perform a job.

Making home offices more accessible

posted on October 1, 2009 - 8:50am
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 4
Professional organizer Angela Cody-Roguet prides herself on “thinking outside the box.” When she tackled the home office of Chanda Hinton of Aurora, Colo., who uses a wheelchair, owns a service dog and has limited use of her hands, the challenge was finding affordable and accessible solutions that would allow Hinton to better utilize her space. 

Invitation-only meeting seeks applicants to help shape national disability policy; apply by Oct. 15

posted on September 10, 2009 - 1:53pm
People with disabilities have an opportunity in 2010 to help develop recommendations that will shape national disability policy and programs for the next decade. The National Summit on Disability Policy, sponsored by the National Council on Disability (NCD), will be held in Washington, D.C., from July 25-27. It’s a by-invitation-only meeting, and people who hope to participate must submit an...

U.S. Department of Labor updates its Web site for people with disabilities

posted on July 30, 2009 - 1:41pm
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has reorganized and renamed its Web site that provides information to assist people with disabilities. Target audiences for the site,, include not only people with disabilities, but also their families, employers, caregivers, veterans, educators and anyone else seeking disability-related information. The site is broken down into 10 subject...

Short, free guide answers questions about the ADA and other disability rights laws

posted on July 13, 2009 - 4:27pm
“Individuals with disabilities are a protected class under civil rights laws, and it is the one protected class that anyone can join, usually involuntarily, at any point in their lives.” So says attorney Jacquie Brennan, the author of a new guide to disability rights laws, The Disability Law Handbook, that recently was released by the Southwest Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center...