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 . . .
For 18 years, Linda VanVliet spent most of her non-working time taking care of her daughter, Shelby, who was diagnosed with congenital muscular dystrophy at 3 years old. (That diagnosis was later changed to titin myopathy.) Linda’s work as a school nurse also allowed her to step in quickly when Shelby needed care. “For a . . .
It can be overwhelming for educators to learn the various challenges associated with neuromuscular diseases and to take those considerations into the classroom. The good news is that these students also come with their own unique set of deep strengths, and educators’ role in encouraging, supporting, and motivating them draws on many of the skills . . .
MDA is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the inaugural National Community Advisory Committee, a group that will advise MDA on matters of importance to families living with neuromuscular diseases and help inform MDA’s efforts to support individuals to live unlimited.
Data released by the US Department of Labor this month showed that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is more than double the unemployment rate of those who are considered able bodied. Many factors impact access to employment for those living with disabilities, including a system of benefits and services that are gained and . . .
For the past seven months, I have been working at the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s National office in Chicago. This is my first job since graduating from college (I attended Illinois State University and graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism in May 2015), and it truly has been an eye opener. For starters, the people . . .
Think back to when you were 16. It may have been a time of excitement, optimism, awkwardness, and questionable style choices. These feelings during adolescence are universal – and are also experienced by young adults with neuromuscular diseases. Like all teenagers, the youth served by MDA have incredible talents, aspirations and promise. They also . . .