Self-employment

posted on January 1, 2009 - 3:43pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 1
Ms. Wheelchair Michigan spreads message of self-advocacy and inclusion

Men with Duchenne MD find independence within their reach

posted on October 1, 2002 - 11:33am
Recently, the dad of a young boy with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) was trying to explain to a child psychologist about certain educational choices his son needed to make in order to be well prepared for adulthood.

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
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 3
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.

Growing up, Morrow, who has spinal muscular atrophy, had to fight to get people to listen to him; now they pay thousands of dollars for the privilege

posted on October 3, 2013 - 9:27am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 4
Self-confessed workaholic Jon Morrow is an entrepreneur and the CEO of BoostBlogTraffic.com — a company that grossed nearly half a million dollars last year and is expected to double that amount this year. Thirty-year-old Morrow has always been a smart overachiever, graduating from high school at 16, starting three businesses before he was 18 (two game-development companies and a software company...

When the recession brought an end to his 25-year journalism career, Peter Callas Jr. remembered his parents’ message: Never give up

posted on April 15, 2010 - 12:35pm
Peter Callas Jr. remembers as if it were yesterday the day his father gave him “the F.D.R. talk.” It was 1973, and Peter Jr., then 13 years old, had just been diagnosed with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD).

Stacy Zoern liked the wheelchair-accessible Kenguru electric car from Hungary, so she started a Texas company to produce them

posted on February 22, 2012 - 3:23pm
Stacy Zoern has entered yet a new phase in her already eventful life — this time at 25 miles per hour.

Three up-and-coming clothing companies — created  by four young men with neuromuscular diseases — are offering unique designs

posted on June 24, 2010 - 5:15pm
Four young men with powerful entrepreneurial spirits and a flair for design are making inroads in the country’s custom clothing industry. Although each of the three companies offers its own distinctive designs, the owner/operators have a lot in common.

Writing off caregiver expenses

posted on January 1, 2009 - 2:49pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 1
For people who find themselves spending significant sums for the services of caregivers/personal care assistants (PCAs), the good news is that some of those expenses may be recouped. The three primary areas to check out in this regard are child and dependent care expenses; unreimbursed business/employment expenses related to disability; and medical and dental expenses. Medical and dental expenses
posted on April 1, 2009 - 3:41pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 2
The title of Greg Smith’s 2005 book “On a Roll” pretty well sums up the life experience of this 45-year-old, who’s not only an author but also a radio and television talk show host, sports commentator, popular public speaker and full-time single dad of three. “Reflections from America’s Wheelchair Dude with the Winning Attitude” is the book’s subtitle, and positive attitude indeed is the dominant...

Researchers hope to learn how people with impaired mobility manage to do their jobs

posted on December 28, 2010 - 2:42pm
If you’re a person with a disability who also manages to hold down a job, researchers are interested in finding out how you do it. A new study is looking for people who work outside the home at least 20 hours a week and who also have significant mobility impairments, such as difficulty moving their legs and/or arms.