Careers

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...

Although not perfect, accessible public transportation in these two cities is improving.

posted on July 1, 2009 - 4:47pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 3
Public transportation has provided me with a lifeline to pursue my education, jobs and social life. As a student and a working person who uses a wheelchair, I understand both the freedom and the frustration of traveling on Phoenix’s Valley Metro and Boston’s Mass Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) systems.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed 19 years ago this July. In our annual roundup, we look for signs of progress over the past year.

posted on July 1, 2009 - 4:25pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 3
‘Disability’ gets a makeover in new ADA Amendment Act On Jan. 1, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 went into effect. The Act promises improvements in employment-related ADA protections, bringing the landmark disability civil rights legislation back into line with the original intentions of its creators 19 years ago.

U.S. Dept. of Justice Seeks Job Applicants with Disabilities

posted on June 1, 2009 - 4:08pm
Attention job seekers with disabilities interested in working in the U.S. Department of Justice: This is a good time to apply. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently issued a memo calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to hire and promote people with disabilities, with the goal of making DOJ “a model employer with a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities.”
posted on April 1, 2009 - 3:41pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 2
The title of Greg Smith’s 2005 book “On a Roll” pretty well sums up the life experience of this 45-year-old, who’s not only an author but also a radio and television talk show host, sports commentator, popular public speaker and full-time single dad of three. “Reflections from America’s Wheelchair Dude with the Winning Attitude” is the book’s subtitle, and positive attitude indeed is the dominant...
posted on April 1, 2009 - 3:27pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 2
Annie Kennedy Meet my friend, Vance. Vance is a 30-something man, a “people person,” husband, father, homeowner, accomplished professional with multiple degrees from prestigious universities, and valued community member, friend and employee.
posted on January 1, 2009 - 3:24pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 1
Annie Kennedy Applying for Social Security benefits can be tedious and frustrating, often resulting in the first application being denied and initiating a long appeal process.

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.