assistive technology

Solutions to improve everyday mobility and enable increased activity

posted on April 21, 2015 - 9:09am
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...

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
posted on October 3, 2013 - 9:02am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 4
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AbleGamers Foundation is offering a grant for assistive gaming equipment for children; application deadline is Aug. 31, 2012

posted on August 17, 2012 - 6:00am
The AbleGamers Foundation (AFG) — a volunteer-run nonprofit organization dedicated to making video gaming more accessible for people with disabilities — has launched its 2012 Children’s Grant Program that will provide one piece of assistive technology (AT) gaming equipment to a child age 15 or younger who has a disability that makes playing digital games difficult.

As your child's needs change, so will his or her school experience

posted on July 1, 2012 - 3:03pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 3
No matter what grade your child is about to enter this fall, you will have all the concerns of every parent — and a whole lot more because of your child’s neuromuscular disease. There are ways to make the transition to a new school year smoother — and MDA can help. Getting started Before the school year starts, make an appointment to visit your child’s new teacher and scope out the school. Talk...

The right equipment makes it easier

posted on July 1, 2012 - 3:00pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 3
The first hint that I was exhibiting symptoms of a muscular disorder came to me in 1997, when I began having problems rising from a church pew. I realized that I could no longer rise simply by grasping the back of the pew in front of me and pulling myself up. I decided my muscle weakness was simply a result of insufficient activity and advancing age, and that the problem could be overcome by...
posted on October 1, 2011 - 9:20am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 4
Although it’s been a month since the close of the 2011 Telethon, the glow still lingers. The brand-new, six-hour, prime-time event was a huge success, thanks to the dedication and hard work of thousands of MDA supporters across the country. The faster pace of the shorter show — and the caliber of celebrity talent it showcased — were a joy to watch. Our dedicated MDA sponsors were superb and the...

Making an informed decision is the key to avoiding buyer's remorse

posted on July 1, 2011 - 4:14pm
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 3
I have buyer’s remorse. Like most people, my closet contains a few items I never should have bought. A paper-thin broom skirt that was shredded by my wheelchair tires the first time I wore it. A bright red handbag that lacks a shoulder strap, forcing me to choose between clutching the accessory or holding onto my wheelchair every time I exit the ramp of my van. Until now, the majority of my...