Self-employment

Growing up, Morrow, who has spinal muscular atrophy, had to fight to get people to listen to him; now they pay thousands of dollars for the privilege

posted on October 3, 2013 - 9:27am
Self-confessed workaholic Jon Morrow is an entrepreneur and the CEO of BoostBlogTraffic.com — a company that grossed nearly half a million dollars last year and is expected to double that amount this year. Thirty-year-old Morrow has always been a smart overachiever, graduating from high school at 16, starting three businesses before he was 18 (two game-development companies and a software company...

Stacy Zoern liked the wheelchair-accessible Kenguru electric car from Hungary, so she started a Texas company to produce them

posted on February 22, 2012 - 3:23pm
Stacy Zoern has entered yet a new phase in her already eventful life — this time at 25 miles per hour.

Ralph Braun, who has spinal muscular atrophy, turned his scooter and modified van designs into a multimillion-dollar business

posted on June 14, 2011 - 2:30pm
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 3
Update (Feb. 12, 2013): Ralph Braun died peacefully at his home in Winamac, Ind., on Feb. 8, 2013, with his family at his side. He was 72 years old. Ralph Braun clearly remembers the day he learned he had “muscular dystrophy.”  The experience taught him a lesson that shaped who he is and helped drive him to achieve great success.

Researchers hope to learn how people with impaired mobility manage to do their jobs

posted on December 28, 2010 - 2:42pm
If you’re a person with a disability who also manages to hold down a job, researchers are interested in finding out how you do it. A new study is looking for people who work outside the home at least 20 hours a week and who also have significant mobility impairments, such as difficulty moving their legs and/or arms.

Three up-and-coming clothing companies — created  by four young men with neuromuscular diseases — are offering unique designs

posted on June 24, 2010 - 5:15pm
Four young men with powerful entrepreneurial spirits and a flair for design are making inroads in the country’s custom clothing industry. Although each of the three companies offers its own distinctive designs, the owner/operators have a lot in common.

When the recession brought an end to his 25-year journalism career, Peter Callas Jr. remembered his parents’ message: Never give up

posted on April 15, 2010 - 12:35pm
Peter Callas Jr. remembers as if it were yesterday the day his father gave him “the F.D.R. talk.” It was 1973, and Peter Jr., then 13 years old, had just been diagnosed with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD).

Make your workspace work for you

posted on October 1, 2009 - 11:35am
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 4
This special package of articles is chock-full of ideas on customizing your workspace for function and efficiency.

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.