Year of Independence

Style Momentum: Gaining Independence Through Accessible Design and Self-Expression The Year of Independence shines a light on ways the MDA community can effect change in 2022 and beyond — from career to personal relationships to the clothes we wear.  When it comes to fashion and style, people living with disabilities have been using their voices . . .

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Simply Stated: What Is Neuromuscular Disease?

Neuromuscular disease refers to a diverse group of rare conditions that affect some part of the neuromuscular system, such as: Muscles Nerves in the peripheral nervous system (arms and legs) Nerves in the central nervous system (spinal cord) The neuromuscular junction, where nerves and muscles meet Neuromuscular diseases generally cause muscle weakness, fatigue, and other . . .

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Simply Stated: What is Friedreich’s Ataxia (FRDA)?

Friedreich’s ataxia (FRDA) is an inherited neuromuscular disease that primarily impacts the nervous system and heart and affects about one in 50,000 people worldwide. FRDA typically appears in people before the age of 25 years and is characterized by a slow, progressive loss of limb coordination (ataxia) and effects on speech and swallowing. While there . . .

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Quest for Success: Brian Chao

As the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) continues our commitment to empowering people living with neuromuscular disease, we are excited to share our 2022 blog series: “Quest for Success”. Success looks different to everyone and this monthly blog details the different paths that individuals with neuromuscular disease have taken to reach their potential and the steps . . .

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Outdoor Recreation Opportunities for Everyone

Ben Schwartz doesn’t let Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) stop him from enjoying the great outdoors. This 9-year-old from Des Moines, Iowa, has wheeled up massive sand dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado, strolled paved trails at Guadalupe Mountains National Park in West Texas, and skied down a snowy slope at . . .

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Durable Medical Equipment Support through MDA

Since MDA’s founding in 1950, families have come to know MDA as a critical resource to help locate support and resources. Assistance obtaining durable medical equipment is one of the primary needs that our families encounter. MDA understands that navigating insurance and equipment needs can be difficult, and we are here to help. MDA’s National . . .

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Quest for Success: Matthew Lawson

As the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) continues our commitment to empowering people living with neuromuscular disease, we are excited to share our 2022 blog series: “Quest for Success”. Success looks different to everyone and this monthly blog details the different paths that individuals with neuromuscular disease have taken to reach their potential and the steps . . .

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