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MDA is committed to helping kids and adults with muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger. We offer numerous services and resources in hometowns across America that provide care, support and guidance through every step of your journey.

Limited-Time Opportunities

A few of our favorite offerings, jobs and resources you won't want to miss!

    Job Opportunities

    • Jobs at MDA: If you're seeking to start or advance your career with a purpose, MDA is an employer that will enable you to #LiveUnlimited. We're committed to recruiting, hiring, and promoting people with disabilities and veterans. Search for jobs near you.
    • Respectability Fellowships: The National Leadership Program is ideal for people who want to gain media, policy, communications and development skills and contacts while making a positive difference for people with disabilities. We are looking for creative, results-driven individuals who want to achieve breakthrough results while getting hands-on experience. The fellowship is for college and graduate students, as well as for people transitioning into the workforce for the first time or back into the workforce after a break. Apply today!
    • AAPD Career Center: Looking for a job? Check out AAPD’s new Career Center – a tool for job-seekers with disabilities to search for employment opportunities as well as a place for employers to post jobs and connect with potential employees with disabilities.


    • WID & JP Morgan Chase Accessibility Conference Scholarship: Are you interested in attending national conferences for free and giving a voice and a face to disability issues? If so, apply to become a Disability Ambassador! Across America, convenings of civil rights and community development organizations help to set the economic opportunity agenda. Unless the conferences fully integrate disability access issues into their content–and people with disabilities are present–the needs and perspectives of the disability community will be largely left out of the discussion. Ensure that doesn’t happen and apply today!
    • U.S. Department of State’s Gilman International Scholarship Program: The U.S. Department of State's Gilman International Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. It is an inclusive program that encourages participation of students who have been historically underrepresented in education abroad, including students with disabilities. The Gilman Program provides awards of up to $5,000 for study or intern abroad for summer, semester, or academic year programs. Applications for summer 2017 and fall 2017/academic year 2017-2018 is currently open and all eligible students are encouraged to apply! Apply today!
    • Halcyon Incubator Fall 2017 Fellowship: Halcyon Incubator is now accepting applications for their Fall 2017 Fellowship! Halcyon provides aspiring social entrepreneurs and changemakers like you with a place to live and work in DC, a $10,000 stipend, mentoring, leadership coaching, and access to potential investors. Pro-bono partners provide free legal, consulting, and communications support for your venture. Halcyon takes no equity and is committed to supporting you along your entrepreneurial journey.
    • 2017 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship: Thanks to a contribution from NBCUniversal, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is pleased to offer eight scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who are interested in pursuing a career in the communications, media or the entertainment industry. Each recipient will receive $5,625 to help cover the cost of education at their current college or university. Applications are due by June 19, 2017.
    • 2017 Youth Transitions Fellowship (YTF) - The HSC Foundation, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), is now accepting applications for a paid fellowship position with the organizations’ disability youth transition and collaboration work. This fellowship is ideal for a person with a disability who has an interest in youth career transitions and employment solutions. The fellowship starts in June 2017, and continues for 12 months. Under the supervision of NCIL’s Operations Director, the Youth Transitions Fellow (YTF) will gain exposure to youth programs serving people with disabilities and will have the opportunity to facilitate collaboration among internship, fellowship, and apprenticeship programs based in the Greater Washington, DC area. Deadline for applications is 5:00 PM EDT, Monday, May 22, 2017.


    • Financial Savings Webinar: With over 20 state ABLE programs now open across the country, the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) would like to invite potential ABLE participants, their families, and all other ABLE stakeholders, to attend a free webinar on May 24, from 2:00-3:30 PM EST, focusing on understanding saving and investor choices. Register here.
    • Mobility Equipment Webinar by MDA: Finding the right mobility equipment can be stressful. Wheelchairs, scooters and mobility equipment aren’t one size fits all. Finding the right mobility equipment to meet the needs of an individual living with neuromuscular disease takes time and research. This webinar provides tips on how to get started ahead of time to determine the best option for you or a loved one. View it here.

    Conferences, Trainings and Networking

    • 2017 Speak Foundation Conference: The Speak Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to connect the lives of those living with neuromuscular disorders. They have experienced first-hand just how refreshing and comforting it is to feel like you are finally surrounded by others who just “get it!” The annual conference is open to individuals of all ages and families who are affected by a neuromuscular condition. They welcome families, caregivers, and those who may be living with different disabilities to attend as well. Each year, they provide a context for relationship building. They work hard each year to plan a conference that strikes just the right balance of providing sessions that cover topics that matter most to the NMD community and also providing free time for attendees and their families to relax, enjoy outings, and connect with each other.
    • National Youth Leadership Training: The National Youth Leadership Training is a seven-day immersive leadership camp, activates young people to address today’s most pressing challenges and create impactful change. It’s a different kind of summer camp, powering a generation of leaders. Apply by May 31.
    • Rising Leadership Academy: USBLN is offering The Rising Leadership Academy, a FREE two-day networking and career readiness opportunity that takes place in conjunction with the USBLN Annual Conference, the nation’s premier business-to-business conference on disability inclusion throughout the enterprise. The Academy will take place from August 19th – 24th in Orlando, Florida. Meet mentors from the Rising Leaders Mentoring Program in person. Meet and network with USBLN corporate partners. If you are a college student or recent graduate with a disability that has questions about transitioning into employment in the business sector, we highly encourage you to apply. The USBLN especially encourages STEM majors, veterans, students of color, and LGBTQ+ students with disabilities to apply. Apply for the Rising Leadership Academy by emailing your resume to Keri Gray ( AND by completing this form: Deadline to apply is May 10.

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