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