Whether their first day of college is around the corner or years away, people with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) may be curious about life on a college campus when living with the condition. To help answer questions on this topic, nonprofit organization Cure SMA is hosting a series of webinars for the SMA community. These one-hour webinars will provide an inside look at college life straight from those who have experienced it.
Cure SMA’s "College Panel Webinar Series" will include three separate one-hour events. Registrants can submit questions ahead of time or during the live events for the panelists to address, or they can simply join in to hear what the participants have to say about navigating college life with SMA.
About 10,000 to 25,000 people in the United States live with SMA, a genetic condition that causes muscle degradation and the loss of motor neurons in the spinal cord, which are responsible for the movement of muscles.
It’s important for everyone to have a strong support system during their college years, and people with SMA may have specific areas they need to plan around as they navigate the college experience.
The webinar panelists will include adults living with SMA who will discuss such issues as college living arrangements, independence, accessibility issues, and campus support systems. Cure SMA is offering the events on Sept. 13, Nov. 9, and Nov. 29 as part of the three-part series. Each webinar will be held at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), and registration is live on the Cure SMA website. According to Cure SMA, the event is intended for U.S. audiences only.