For many individuals with neuromuscular diseases, finding a meaningful career can make for a richer, more independent life

posted on October 8, 2015 - 9:47am
Going from being a high school or college student to an independent, working adult can be challenging for almost anyone. But for individuals who live with neuromuscular diseases, the transition into the workforce can be especially overwhelming.  But young adults in the MDA community who have successfully made this employment leap agree that the rewards of meaningful work are worth the...

Finding a new job for the summer in a new city and learning the value of embracing the unexpected

posted on October 8, 2015 - 9:31am
Quest Fall 2015
I decided to go to business school because I wanted to propel myself into a new career in a new industry. Leaving the tech world for the life sciences field would be no easy transition, and I realized a master’s degree would be my best way to accomplish this goal.

Butting in with a view on employment

posted on January 5, 2015 - 9:23am
Quest Winter 2015
Considering the title of this column, From Where I Sit, I’m surprised more people have not written about butts. After all, for those of us wheeling around at a seated height — I live with type 2 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) — other people’s butts are often what we see from where we sit. 

A father’s vision for helping his son with DMD deal with depression has grown into a popular restaurant and training ground for people with disabilities

posted on July 1, 2013 - 9:15am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 3
“Employment to someone with a disability is a privilege, not an obligation,” says Garth Larcen. “People with disabilities, they just want to be part of a team.” If anyone should know what he’s talking about, it’s Garth. He’s speaking from both knowledge and experience — as a father, as an employer and as a job trainer.

Expert information about higher education, living independently at college and employment is available in upcoming MDA webinars for young adults with neuromuscular diseases

posted on August 7, 2012 - 9:15am
Update (Aug. 22, 2012) — Links have been added to the archived versions of each webinar. MDA’s public webinar series has a host of offerings in August for young adults with neuromuscular diseases who are interested in higher education and employment.

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...

Voc Rehab fuels the way to employment

posted on November 1, 2008 - 9:41am
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 6
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.
posted on January 1, 2008 - 3:01pm
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 1
Find resources on: applying for Social Security benefits, Medicare premiums, post-high school transition, health records maintenance, disability etiquette, home ownership, and other topics of living with disability.