Education

MDA delivers ‘a piece of camp’ after summer camp cancellations

posted on August 12, 2009 - 9:00pm

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

The Desktop Desk helped a California student with DMD finish school despite diminished hand and arm strength

posted on October 1, 2011 - 8:15am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 4
David Davison is a friendly, outgoing young man who loved attending school. But last year, as David’s Duchenne muscular dystrophy progressed, his arm and hand strength decreased to the point where he could no longer participate in many classroom activities. Then one day, David’s special education class at Placer High School in Auburn, Calif., received a gift from a local service club: a new...

As your child's needs change, so will his or her school experience

posted on July 1, 2012 - 3:03pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 3
No matter what grade your child is about to enter this fall, you will have all the concerns of every parent — and a whole lot more because of your child’s neuromuscular disease. There are ways to make the transition to a new school year smoother — and MDA can help. Getting started Before the school year starts, make an appointment to visit your child’s new teacher and scope out the school. Talk...

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.