Employment

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...

MDA's Personal Achievement Award recipient for New York City is thriving in the Big Apple

posted on September 8, 2011 - 8:57am
Tabitha Estrellado is living her dream. She’s a 27-year-old career woman with a nice apartment in Manhattan. She loves her job, has a sweet commute, and writes music and performs locally in her spare time.

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.

In recognition of this landmark legislation, MDA has pulled together a variety of articles by and for people with neuromuscular diseases

posted on July 26, 2010 - 10:55am
Two decades ago, on July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the landmark civil rights legislation called the Americans with Disabilities Act, intended to eliminate barriers for people with disabilities. Two decades later, daily life has become much more accessible and fairer in many ways, not only for people with disabilities but for everybody. And yet — in physical...

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.

New Web sites help people with disabilities find jobs 

posted on March 11, 2010 - 10:07am
The Social Security Administration (SSA) and other service providers have launched several new Web sites for people with disabilities who want to work. The Choose Work site contains first-person accounts by people who have used the SSA's work incentives; videos, including a seminar on work incentives; help finding local resources; and more. The site can be found at http://www.choosework.net/.
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).

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?