Ralph Braun, who has spinal muscular atrophy, turned his scooter and modified van designs into a multimillion-dollar business

posted on June 14, 2011 - 2:30pm
Update (Feb. 12, 2013): Ralph Braun died peacefully at his home in Winamac, Ind., on Feb. 8, 2013, with his family at his side. He was 72 years old. Ralph Braun clearly remembers the day he learned he had “muscular dystrophy.”  The experience taught him a lesson that shaped who he is and helped drive him to achieve great success.
posted on October 1, 2009 - 11:20am
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 4
Letters to Quest: A former MDA summer camper shares her memories ** Readers respond to articles about exercise, public transit, travel problems, caring touch ** Selfless fire fighters help a Virginia man ** A reader asks about overusing hand muscles while playing video games, and MDA Medical Director Valerie Cwik responds.
posted on July 1, 2009 - 5:16pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 3
By scooter, van, bus, train or plane, people with disabilities are overcoming barriers and hitting the road. This special package of articles explorers how they're doing it.

Fold 'em up or break 'em down, and toss 'em in the trunk — and go!

posted on July 1, 2009 - 10:10am
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 3
Electric scooters are a great option for people who are partially ambulatory, whose muscle weakness is not progressing quickly and who just want some help getting around. But people with disabilities may not be best served by heavy scooters that can’t readily be lifted, or that require a special vehicle or lift to transport them. In this case, a more viable alternative may be a travel or...
posted on November 1, 2008 - 5:38pm
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 6
Find help when challenging insurance companies for coverage of complex power mobility devices.

Transportable power wheelchairs & scooters

posted on September 1, 2007 - 10:51am
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 5
In the past three years, the popularity of portable power wheelchairs and scooters has skyrocketed as the travel bug bites more people with disabilities. Perfect for travel by car, airplane or boat, portable mobility devices are the wave of the future, says Mark Farmer, owner of Southwest Mobility in Phoenix since 1989. Good things come in small packages