Navigating through college isn’t easy for anyone, but it can be especially tricky for people with disabilities. Here are some quick tips to help those of you heading off to college this fall — as well as anyone considering attending university one day. 1. Pick a school you want to attend, not one you are . . .
Cohl Hometown: Exeter, NH Age: 9 Diagnosis: I was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type 3, at age 8. Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Favorite School Subject/Activities: My favorite subject in school is social studies. Favorite People: My mom, dad, sister, Ava, and cat, Celine . . .
Brayden Hometown: Fairdale, KY Age: 8 Diagnosis: Charcot-Marie Tooth (CMT) Favorite School Subject/Activities: I enjoy Math, GymTyme Cheer, and being in the spotlight. Favorite People and/or Pets: I like Spiderman, Batman, The Flash, and The Arrow. Other people I really like are my mom, dad and brothers, Dylan and Nate. I have two dogs and two cats. Interests: I love . . .
Hailey Hometown: Bismarck, ND Age: 16 Diagnosis: In 2001, I was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 2. I was just 2 years old. SMA is a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Favorite School Subject/Activities: When I am in school, I like English & Biology class the . . .
Kierra Hometown: Waxhaw, NC Age: 11 Diagnosis: Ullrich muscular dystrophy Favorite School Subject/Activities: I enjoy reading, writing and art. Favorite People and/or Pets: I love my parents and big brother, Aidan. I have the most wonderful and supportive friends, teachers and doctors. However, my most favorites are all of the camp counselors from MDA Summer Camp. Interests: I . . .
Hunter Hometown: Burnsville, MN Age: 10 Diagnosis: Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT), which causes muscle weakness and atrophy, and some loss of sensation in the feet, the lower legs, the hands and the forearms. Favorite School Subject/Activities: Art and time in the library. Favorite People and/or Pets: I live with my parents, Alan and Dana, and my younger brother Hayden (7). . . .
For Cheryle Elliot and her son, Dakota, the Muscular Dystrophy Association is like a part of the family. From selling MDA Shamrocks to attending their local MDA Lock-Up event to participating in Muscle Walk, they do it all — with Dakota smiling and laughing all the way through. Dakota was born with congenital myotonic muscular . . .
Marley Hometown: Mystic, CT Diagnosis: I have Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2, and I was diagnosed when I was 1 year old. SMA is a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Age: 15 Favorite School Subject/Activities: I am currently a sophomore in high school. My favorite subjects . . .
Devin Hometown: Manitowoc, Wisconsin Diagnosis: Duchenne muscular dystrophy Age: 14 Favorite School Subject/Activities: I really like science and health. Favorite People and/or Pets: I love my family, my dogs and everyone at MDA. Interests: I enjoy drawing cars, watching sports, riding ATVs, making hand-made rainbow loom bracelets and playing video games. My favorite Things About MDA: MDA helps so many people. . . .
Payton Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio Age: 13 Diagnosis: Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD), a group of muscular dystrophies that become apparent at or near birth. CMD results in overall muscle weakness with possible joint stiffness or looseness. Favorite School Subject/Activities: Reading, writing, and art. Favorite People and/or Pets: I live with my older brother Jacob and my mom, Angela. I also . . .