Workplace Issues

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...

The annual BMD conference, held in Baltimore and streamed live online, is centered on the theme ‘optimizing the lived experience of BMD’

posted on August 22, 2013 - 12:31pm
MDA and John Hopkins Medicine will present the 2013 national Becker Muscular Dystrophy Conference Saturday, August 24, in Baltimore. Free to all participants with BMD and their family and friends, the conference can be attended in person or online.

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.

Tax breaks for workplace modifications can benefit employees with disabilities and employers.

posted on December 31, 2009 - 1:13am
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 1
Want to encourage local businesses and employers to make their properties more accessible? Try luring them with a tax break. Employers and business owners have two very good reasons for making their sites accessible to people with disabilities: It’s the law under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and there’s money to help them. Small business tax credit: disabled access credit
posted on December 31, 2009 - 1:12am
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 1
Chad McCruden, 36, of Owing Mills, Md., has Friedreich’s ataxia. He was laid off in May 2009 from his job as a work incentive specialist at an independent living center. McCruden applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in June, was approved late in October and received his first check in December (plus five months’ worth of retroactive benefits).

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.

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).