October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month: What Does That Mean?

Sarah Jean Schwegel, who has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), works as the Public Policy and Advocacy specialist at Paraquad. In 2015, Sarah graduated from Maryville University with a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services. In 2018, she graduated from Saint Louis University with a master’s in Public Administration. Before she started working at Paraquad in the . . .

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Reporting Back on MDA’s First-Ever Virtual Hill Day

When the COVID-19 pandemic made meeting in person impossible, MDA’s Advocacy program needed to shift from in-person to virtual meetings with lawmakers. In early August, volunteers met with their lawmakers virtually — for the first time — to urge elected officials in Washington, DC, to end the process of surprise medical billing, which can be . . .

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What the COVID-19 Pandemic Can Teach Us About the Isolation Those Living With Neuromuscular Disease Experience Every Day

In March 2020, MDA asked our advocates how the novel coronavirus pandemic was impacting their lives. New Yorker Robert Paulson shared his story — and the universal truth about how neuromuscular disease (NMD), like COVID-19, creates isolation. But for those living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other forms of NMD, that isolation doesn’t always . . .

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Why Attending MDA’s Upcoming Virtual Pompe Disease PFDD Meeting is Vital

Ryan Colburn is a rare disease patient with a professional background in engineering and operations management, spending portions of his career working on racecars, airplanes, and rockets. Diagnosed with Pompe disease in 2015, he has spent the time since learning about rare disease topics including research, advocacy, and drug development to better understand how to . . .

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Clinical Trials During COVID-19: What We Need From the FDA

Over the course of the last several months, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has undertaken many actions aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus and ensuring our first responders have the medical equipment, devices, diagnostic tools, and therapies to treat those with COVID-19. Simultaneously, the FDA has issued guidance on how . . .

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MDA Advocacy in These Uncertain Times

We know families across the country, especially those in the neuromuscular disease (NMD) community, are concerned about the spread of coronavirus and its associated disease, COVID-19, and the impact on their loved ones. In these uncertain times, MDA’s advocacy team will not stop serving and amplifying the voices of those in the NMD community, especially . . .

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MDA’s 2020 Advocacy Plan

It might only be a month into 2020, but MDA’s advocacy team and grassroots advocates are already making their voices heard. We expect the next 12 months to be crucial on Capitol Hill, and we’ll be working tirelessly in Washington, DC, to transform the lives of people living with neuromuscular disorders. Here’s a sneak peek . . .

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Join an MDA Engage Newborn Screening Webinar on Aug. 30

We believe in the power of community and the importance of building relationships with families going through similar experiences. If you are an individual living with a neuromuscular disease, we invite you and your loved ones to attend our MDA Engage Newborn Screening Webinar. It will broadcast live online on Friday, Aug. 30, from 11 . . .

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