Bill Beall and Gail Ableman, who each have Friedreich's ataxia, live independently thanks to 'the kind of love that can overcome challenges'
Sharing a life together in Spokane, Wash., Bill Beall Jr. and Gail Ableman — who each use power wheelchairs due to Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) — spend much of their time working out to maintain their independence.
MDA’s Quest magazine and a love of exercise brought them together — and their love of each other makes possible their continued independence.
Get those cameras ready! MDA is seeking Make-a-Muscle pix and photos of accessibility makeovers
This summer, MDA is inviting everyone to participate in its new "Make a Muscle, Make a Difference" public awareness campaign by submitting photos of friends and family flexing their muscles for MDA.
MDA also is seeking photos for its "Accessible Spaces Gallery" debuting in August on the MDA Transitions Resource Center, a website designed to help young people with muscle diseases make the...
Tech-savvy Girl Scouts designed and built an award-winning wheelchair backup camera for friends with SMA
Ten-year-old Quinn Schnitzlein has been using a power chair since he was 3, so he’s a pretty good driver. But the boy from Marietta, Ga., who has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), often bumped into things when he backed up.
One day last year, Quinn and some friends were at a fast-food restaurant. “We were at different tables,” Quinn says, “and when I’d try to turn around to talk to them, I kept...
My body may be confined mostly to one point in physical space, but my mind looks forward to its weekends in cyberspace
When I graduated from high school in 1984, there were no tearful farewells to friends and girlfriends while a New Wave soundtrack played in the background like some John Hughes movie.
Frankly, I was relieved to be free to start my writing career, and hopefully be heralded as the next William Gibson. When my science fiction failed to sell, I switched to writing thrillers and, consequently, hoped...
Growing up, Nygel Lenz was a typical active boy. He played football, soccer, basketball and baseball, and loved doing tricks like jumping ramps with his bike and skateboard. He learned he had scoliosis at age 11, but his life didn’t really change — until he had surgery for the condition at age 15. His balance worsened immediately, and he began seeing a neurologist, but it took almost four years...
Morgan's Wonderland in San Antonio has it all
Accessible family fun is the focus of Morgan’s Wonderland, an amusement park designed specifically for children and adults with special needs. The 25-acre facility in San Antonio, Texas, is a place where kids of all abilities can interact.
Accessible seating and good discounts to Broadway shows are available to theater lovers with disabilities.
Planning a trip to the Big Apple? Theater lovers who use wheelchairs, or who have trouble with steps, use a service dog or require aisle seating for medical reasons can get a hefty discount on orchestra seats to certain productions through the Theatre Development Fund, an organization dedicated to increasing access to theater for all audiences.