Products and tips to improve your sleep and maximize energy and comfort during waking hours

posted on October 8, 2015 - 9:35am
It’s a catch-22: Getting a good night’s sleep is an important way for people living with neuromuscular diseases to help maximize their health and well-being. But the physical symptoms of many of these diseases can themselves limit the restfulness of sleep.  “We tend to overlook the importance of sleep; it’s so basic,” says Sharon Greenberg, an occupational...

Film buff Zach Smith finds a new technology to aid people with neuromuscular disease

posted on April 21, 2015 - 9:11am
Quest Spring 2015
When he was 17 years old, Zach Smith, who received a diagnosis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) at age 6, began researching technologies that could help him use his arms to do things he had trouble with, such as eating or playing Ping-Pong.

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...

Power wheelchair options and benefits for toddlers

posted on January 5, 2015 - 9:12am
Quest Winter 2015
Gunner Myers At just 22 months old, Gunner Myers is already learning to drive — a power wheelchair, that is. The toddler received a diagnosis of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a condition that weakens muscles and makes crawling and walking difficult, if not impossible.

Websites for mapping and researching accessible places

posted on October 30, 2014 - 9:07am
Quest Fall 2014
Note: The products mentioned in this article are not endorsed by MDA. When choosing any assistive technology equipment, be sure to do your research and consult with your MDA clinic team, as well as with an assistive technology professional (ATP). Between fall road trips and upcoming holiday travel, wouldn’t it be great to know the accessibility features of every place you might go before...

Today's power wheelchair innovations put users in the driver's seat like never before

posted on July 7, 2014 - 9:07am
Quest Summer 2014
Lateral Tilt System from Motion Concepts Dynamic Controls’ iPortal Mouse Mover + Accessibility Aquila Corp.’s Airpulse PK2 wheelc

The transformative power of eye-gaze technology for users with disabilities

posted on April 1, 2014 - 9:11am
Quest Spring 2014
Tobii EyeMobile Research supports the theory that, at least in some cases, blindness can heighten other senses, like hearing. So it seems somehow fitting that modern technology can enable an otherwise voiceless person to speak by leveraging — of all things — his or her own vision. 

Build a custom video gaming rig that maximizes your abilities

posted on October 3, 2013 - 9:21am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 4