Latondra Chappell is like most teenagers. She drives, goes to prom and is attending college. However, at the age of 11, Latondra was diagnosed with congenital muscular dystrophy, which caused her muscles to break down and lose strength, putting her in a wheelchair. At her local MDA Care Center, Latondra’s doctor pushed her to live . . .
In an auditorium in Bearden, Arkansas, Doug Haynes was sitting in his wheelchair by the stage, dressed in his graduation robes. The high school senior had waited for this moment for four years. His physical therapist stood in front of him, pushing away the chair’s footrests and grasping the gait belt around Doug’s waist. Sensing . . .
Avery Friedmann was strung into a climbing harness, on top of a 30-foot hunk of rock in the middle of Estes Park, Colorado — and she was upside down. She was also laughing. “So, here I am, hooked up to this giant rock and I’m looking straight down at the ground,” she says of the . . .
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 . . .
Many people with disabilities rely, at some point in our lives, on the services of a Home Health Aide (HHA) or Personal Care Assistant (PCA). And it’s no secret that this is a challenging relationship, both to establish and maintain. Listed below are five tips to help make the process a little easier and successful. . . .