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Young Adult Programs

We believe in the incredible talents and futures of young adults with neuromuscular diseases.

We are committed to supporting you, a young adult, with resources, programming, and community connection as you move through high school, higher education, employment and independent living. MDA's peer-led initiatives create solutions for you to exceed limits and unleash your fullest potential.

Explore Our Young Adult Resources

We can all use a little help sometimes. This collection of resources is helpful for young adults — covering everything from education and employment to independent living.

Join Our Community

Are you a young adult living with a neuromuscular condition? We'd love for you to join our MDA young adult community for updates and upcoming opportunities!

One-on-One Coaching

Interested in a coaching session with MDA’s National Director of Young Adult and Community Engagement Alex McArthur? A free 30-minute session can help you identify your goals, barriers you may be facing and ways MDA can support you in finding resources where you live.

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Take Our Survey

We want to hear from you! As a member of the young adult community, please take 5 minutes to share information about yourself, the types of activities you enjoy, any challenges you face in pursuing your interests and goals, and ways that MDA can be most helpful.

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Be an Advocate

MDA Advocates are committed to fighting for public policies and programs that support young adults like you. We need your help to ensure our nation’s policymakers understand what our community needs. Making an impact is easy, even if you only have a few minutes to spare.

About Advocacy

Meet Alex

Hello! I'm Alex McArthur and as MDA's National Director of Young Adult and Community Engagement, I'm spearheading MDA's young adult initiatives.

In addition to working full-time for MDA, I serve as Chair of the National Disability Institute and previously consulted for companies on corporate social responsibility with the Taproot Foundation. I'm a proud member of our community, as I was diagnosed with limb girdle muscular dystrophy at the age of 7. I graduated from Davidson College and the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs in New York City.

I was thrilled to be named Ms. Wheelchair America 2011 and a White House Champion of Change in 2014. I live in Raleigh, North Carolina where I love exploring the state's culture, history and especially the food. I'm most excited to connect with the formidable young adults living with neuromuscular conditions, share some of my lessons learned, and work together to celebrate our disabilities and champion our futures!

News & Stories

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Introducing MDA’s Revamped Programs for Young Adults with Neuromuscular Diseases

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