College and Beyond

Former National Goodwill Ambassador receives MDA's top award

posted on November 1, 2007 - 4:16pm
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 6
As a 6-year-old in the first grade, Mike Neufeldt used an orange Pony scooter to keep up with classmates on the playground and in gym class. After attending an MDA Harley-Davidson event, where one of the drivers gave him some decals, Neufeldt proudly plastered the company’s bar and shield on the back of his ride, and when kids inevitably asked if Harley-Davidson had made his scooter, Neufeldt...

A college freshman in a power chair is the first in her school’s history to go through sorority ‘rush’

posted on December 10, 2009 - 6:16pm
On one of her first days at the University of Missouri, freshman Gabriella Garbero achieved campus-wide notoriety when her father Matt passed out in her dormitory. He wasn’t impaired -- other than being dehydrated and not having eaten for most of the day, and having diabetes, which he found out about from that experience. The stress of helping his daughter get settled into college life probably...

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.

Scholarships for students with disabilities are available from two organizations — but deadlines are fast approaching

posted on March 5, 2010 - 9:55am
Application deadlines are fast approaching for two scholarships for students with disabilities, offered by two organizations run by people with forms of muscular dystrophy. Both organizations – Incight and Deshae Lott Ministries -- require applicants to submit documentation of disability, confirmation of acceptance at a qualifying educational institution, and letters of recommendation. More...

Online degrees can level the playing field for college students with disabilities

posted on April 1, 2010 - 4:05pm
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 2
When Julia Greenstine was working on her master’s degree at Appalachian State University, she would routinely travel across campus, go to the library and hang out in common areas to chat with other students. But she’d do it without ever leaving home. In fact, “heading to class” meant Greenstine, 41, would log in to a unique 3-D world called the Applied Education Technology Zone (nicknamed “the...

A college student with SMA wonders if newer technology can compensate for progressive muscle weakness

posted on March 31, 2010 - 11:05am
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 2
Going back to school is hard, especially when you’re 51 years old and going back for your bachelor’s degree. I grew up with type 3 spinal muscular atrophy, so I understand and can deal with my disability. But every year I get weaker, so I continue to need to find ways to compensate and — in the case of going back to school — to figure out such problems as handling my textbooks, taking notes and...

A GPS for students with disabilities

posted on March 27, 2010 - 4:55pm
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 2
MDA's Public WebEx , held on February 24, 2010, featured panelists Chris Rosa (Becker muscular dystrophy); L. Vance Taylor (limb-girdle muscular dystrophy) and Angela Wrigglesworth (spinal muscular atrophy) speaking about going to college with a neuromuscular disease. Visit MDA's  School Advocacy Resources page to see:
posted on March 31, 2010 - 5:32pm
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 2
Bookshare, the world’s largest online library of accessible books and periodicals, is free for students with qualified “print disabilities,” which include difficulty holding a book or turning pages. Bookshare offers more than 60,000 books, textbooks and teacher-recommended reading in accessible formats.
posted on March 31, 2010 - 10:20pm
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 2
Jacob Gapko has compiled the first-ever bibliography of books about young people with muscular dystrophy, with help from a Carnegie-Whitney Award from the American Library Association. Click on the title to access the bibliography: Children and Young Adults with Muscular Dystrophy: An Annotated Bibliography

CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries is accepting applications for quality-of-life grants and academic scholarships from people with disabilities; the next deadline is Nov. 1, 2012

posted on October 5, 2012 - 4:55pm
A small nonprofit organization is offering limited grants for in-home care to people with physical disabilities. The next quality-of-life grant application deadline is November 1, 2012.