Officials learn from MDA panel about improving access to higher education, employment and independent living for people with disabilities
posted on September 28, 2011 - 5:31pm
When Angela Wrigglesworth, who has spinal muscular atrophy and uses a power chair, first started college at Texas A&M, she planned to be a business major.
Getting to the business school, however, involved crossing a set of train tracks, and one day, Wrigglesworth’s chair got struck on the tracks.
Wrigglesworth received help from bystanders to free her 300-pound chair before a train came...
When I was 12 years old, I received a diagnosis of Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), a rare neuromuscular disease. That’s also the year I met Ms. Wheelchair Maryland and started to dream of entering the Ms. Wheelchair pageant. But that goal quickly was overshadowed by the usual adolescent things.
Like a pit crew, vocational rehabilitation services (Voc Rehab or VR) help people with disabilities put the pedal to the metal and screech off toward their employment goals.
Third-grade teacher Angela Wrigglesworth, who has type 2 spinal muscular atrophy, is a good example. She says her health, happiness and well-being are a direct result of VR’s help.