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MDA Transitions Summit: Breaking Down the Barriers

When Angela Wrigglesworth, who has spinal muscular atrophy and uses a power chair, first started college at Texas A&M, she planned to be a business major. 

Getting to the business school, however, involved crossing a set of train tracks, and one day, Wrigglesworth’s chair got struck on the tracks.

Wrigglesworth received help from bystanders to free her 300-pound chair before a train came along, but after that harrowing experience, she decided to change majors.

Travis: I Got Lots of Neat Stuff (bilingual)

Dear Parents:

As the mother of a child with muscular dystrophy, I know very well the concerns and hopes you have for your child. I'm happy to share with you this version of Travis: I Got Lots of Neat Stuff, written in Spanish and English.

I was inspired to write this book by my son, Travis. I hope that reading about his joy in living will be meaningful for you and your child.

My family and I are deeply grateful to the Muscular Dystrophy Association for all the support and hope it provides as we live with dystrophy every day.

Last Updated: 
Sat, 08/01/2009 - 15:30

Under the Aloha Sea

"Under the Aloha Sea" was created in April, 1994 at an MDA Sponsored art workshop at The Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Volunteering his time and talent to lead the workshop was noted marine life artist Wyland.

Summer Camp in the City

"Summer Camp in the City" was created by 60 youngsters attending an MDA sponsored summer camp in Center Moriches, N.Y., in August of 1999.  The 4' x 6' masterpiece was completed in several hours under the guidence of Charles Fazzino, a world renowned 3-D pop artist.  The campers named their favorite New York City attractions which Fazzino then created.  The campers drew self-portraits for inclusion in the mural and helped color some of the work.

Rollin Round Wyoming 2

"Rollin' Round Wyoming" was created by Wyoming youngsters at the 2001 MDA Colorado/Wyoming Summer Camp.  Specially designed harnesses were attached to the campers's wheelchairs and they cut shapes out of ofam and fastened them to their harnesses.  Paint poured into barrels joined to the harnesses allowed campers to roll interesting shapes onto a huge piece of poster board taped to the ground.

Rollin Round Wyoming

"Rollin' Round Wyoming" was created by Wyoming youngsters at the 2001 MDA Colorado/Wyoming Summer Camp.  Specially designed harnesses were attached to the campers's wheelchairs and they cut shapes out of ofam and fastened them to their harnesses.  Paint poured into barrels joined to the harnesses allowed campers to roll interesting shapes onto a huge piece of poster board taped to the ground.

4 Pottery Vases

These four vases were created at the 1996 MDA Summer Camp help in June at Camp Shadow Pines in Heber, Arizona.  During the weeklong session, 62 Campers participated in the project with the assistance of Kurt Brill, a professional sculptor from Tucson.  Each vase features individual children's handprints and names.

La Wall Mural

This work of art was created by 14 youngsters at a children's art workshop held in July 1992, at the Otis Parsons Art Institute in Los Angeles, California.

Its Wheely Art II

"It's Wheely Art!" was painted by children at the 1995 MDA Summer camp held in Guthrie, OK.  White sheets and tempera paints were the medium for children to express themselves artistically using their hands, feet or wheelchairs.

Its Wheely Art

"It's Wheely Art!" was painted by children at the 1995 MDA Summer camp held in Guthrie, OK.  White sheets and tempera paints were the medium for children to express themselves artistically using their hands, feet or wheelchairs.

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