Low Tech and DIY

Five practical and affordable DIY tips to make your house more accessible

posted on July 14, 2015 - 3:12pm
From navigating tight bathroom spaces to working your way through a long hallway, homes can present many challenges when it comes to mobility and accessibility for those with neuromuscular disease.  Making large-scale modifications is always an option, but with the cost of renovations, it’s worth pursuing budget-friendly strategies first, says Amber Ward, occupational therapy coordinator at...

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...

The Abilities Expo, held in seven U.S. cities annually, offers a peek at new assistive technology and trends as well as product test-drives

posted on January 9, 2014 - 9:25am
Quest Winter 2014
Every industry has its trade shows and the granddaddy for the disability community is the Abilities Expo. Introduced in 1979, the Expo’s target audience is people with disabilities, their family members, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and health care professionals.
posted on October 3, 2013 - 9:02am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 4
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posted on July 1, 2013 - 9:09am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 3
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posted on July 1, 2012 - 3:00pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 3
Medical information in an emergency

Inspired by the one-armed drummer for Def Leppard, a musician with FSHD figured out a way to return to drumming

posted on July 1, 2012 - 12:00pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 3
John DeGeorge, 50, of Los Angeles, works as an IT (information technology) compliance consultant to make a living, but he lives to play the drums. “I think I was born with an interest in making music, or making noise,” he says. Being the son of a former drummer with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, such a passion for music must be in the genes.

Mainstream appliances are becoming more accessible every day

posted on January 1, 2012 - 2:40pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 1
You don’t have to do a total renovation of your kitchen to make your lifestyle more accessible. From storage solutions to preparing meals, minor changes can improve the functionality of a kitchen for someone with muscle weakness. Kitchen designers and houseware manufacturers are incorporating universal design elements into their work. People who have disabilities have more choices than ever when...