Staying Active

Expert tips to help plan your next trip & travel smarter and safer

posted on July 14, 2015 - 3:21pm
Traveling can be scary, especially if you have a physical disability. In my own travels over the years, I’ve been trapped in a bathroom, dumped out of a car onto Fifth Avenue, toppled over in a moving bus, stranded in a subway tunnel and even showered with glass after accidentally shattering a revolving door. Despite its inherent challenges, though, traveling also can be an exciting and...

Solutions to improve everyday mobility and enable increased activity

posted on April 21, 2015 - 9:09am
Quest Spring 2015
For many MDA families living with neuromuscular disease, there are few challenges more persistent and more taxing on a daily basis than those related to basic mobility. While each person’s level of physical activity is relative to his or her specific diagnosis — as well as the corresponding exercise parameters established ahead of time by his or her care team — mobility issues affect the entire...

Tips on how to find and use an accessible hotel pool lift this summer

posted on July 7, 2014 - 9:15am
Quest Summer 2014
ADA-compliant pool chair lifts provide individuals with disabilities a safe way to enter and exit public pools. Many vacationers are seeing something different at hotels this summer: pool and spa lifts.

Back to basics with some accessible cruising tips to help plan an adventure that meets your needs

posted on April 1, 2014 - 9:15am
Quest Spring 2014
For years, I have been told by accessible travel professionals that cruising is a terrific option for wheelchair users. My husband, Jim, is not particularly fond of water and had a long list of preconceived notions regarding nautical travel. After a great deal of coaxing, we sailed on Holland America Line’s Veendam, a mid-size ship carrying 1,350 passengers and 560 employees. The seven-day trip...

The author’s weight loss surgery led her to start an exercise program that provided her with more muscle tone — and a lot of fun

posted on January 9, 2014 - 9:21am
Quest Winter 2014
To exercise or not to exercise? I can almost hear the people reading this article screaming, “NOT!” Truthfully, until about a year ago, I would have been screaming NOT the loudest, the longest and with absolutely no hesitation. Author Danise Armstrong riding her tricycle. Living with CMT

Build a custom video gaming rig that maximizes your abilities

posted on October 3, 2013 - 9:21am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 4
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The Ms. Wheelchair America program gives women with disabilities a platform for breaking down barriers and promoting important change

posted on July 1, 2013 - 9:07am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 3
Wanted: Articulate, dynamic, driven women with a strong vision for change in the world. Must be willing to break down barriers and connect with people of all backgrounds. Public speaking and statewide travel required. Candidates will be provided with expert training in handling media inquiries, optimizing social media networking, public speaking, current legislative and public policy trends, self...

Accessible train travel is cost-competitive with air and car travel —and is much more relaxing

posted on July 1, 2013 - 9:06am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 3
Eagerly anticipating the arrival of our train at the Hammond (La.) Amtrak station, my husband and I were as excited as the animated grade-school children running among the suitcases. All of us repeatedly gazed down the tracks trying to get the first glimpse of the engine light. Hammond is a 30-minute drive from our home and the second stop the “City of New Orleans” makes heading north to its...