Workplace Issues

The annual BMD conference, held in Baltimore and streamed live online, is centered on the theme ‘optimizing the lived experience of BMD’

posted on August 22, 2013 - 12:31pm
MDA and John Hopkins Medicine will present the 2013 national Becker Muscular Dystrophy Conference Saturday, August 24, in Baltimore. Free to all participants with BMD and their family and friends, the conference can be attended in person or online.
posted on December 31, 2009 - 1:12am
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 1
Chad McCruden, 36, of Owing Mills, Md., has Friedreich’s ataxia. He was laid off in May 2009 from his job as a work incentive specialist at an independent living center. McCruden applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in June, was approved late in October and received his first check in December (plus five months’ worth of retroactive benefits).

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

Short, free guide answers questions about the ADA and other disability rights laws

posted on July 13, 2009 - 4:27pm
“Individuals with disabilities are a protected class under civil rights laws, and it is the one protected class that anyone can join, usually involuntarily, at any point in their lives.” So says attorney Jacquie Brennan, the author of a new guide to disability rights laws, The Disability Law Handbook, that recently was released by the Southwest Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center...

Tax breaks for workplace modifications can benefit employees with disabilities and employers.

posted on December 31, 2009 - 1:13am
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 1
Want to encourage local businesses and employers to make their properties more accessible? Try luring them with a tax break. Employers and business owners have two very good reasons for making their sites accessible to people with disabilities: It’s the law under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and there’s money to help them. Small business tax credit: disabled access credit
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.