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 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.
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...

Writing off caregiver expenses

posted on January 1, 2009 - 2:49pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 1
For people who find themselves spending significant sums for the services of caregivers/personal care assistants (PCAs), the good news is that some of those expenses may be recouped. The three primary areas to check out in this regard are child and dependent care expenses; unreimbursed business/employment expenses related to disability; and medical and dental expenses. Medical and dental expenses

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.

Strategies for using the bathroom on the job

posted on September 1, 2008 - 12:23pm
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 5
The prospect of spending eight to 10 hours a day at work can be terrifying when you need assistance to use the bathroom. Here’s a look at some strategies and products that can make life a little more comfortable outside your comfort zone. Popping the question It all starts with a request by the employee for specific bathroom accommodations.
posted on March 1, 2008 - 4:01pm
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 2
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When disability made it hard to work, these four found new careers doing what they love

posted on September 1, 2007 - 10:17am
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 5
Physical health can be out of our control, but attitude is of our own choosing. Meet four people who took an “I’m going to do this” attitude when confronted by health limitations that ended their livelihoods. By using the strength and power of positive thinking, these four successfully transitioned into new satisfying careers. Embrace yourself