Patient Services


Support Groups

Equipment Loans

The benefits of registering with MDA are tremendous.  Here are just a few things that we help you with:  Support Groups, equipment, clinic visits, and transportation to your clinic visit.


The local MDA clinic is located at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY.  Appointments can be scheduled by calling the MDA office at (716) 424-6556.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association fights 43 neuromuscular diseases through an unparalleled worldwide research effort, a nationwide program of medical services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.  Individual MDA research grants to investigators in the United States and abroad number more than 400.  The Association's Medical Advisory and Scientific Advisory committees review projects that will increase knowledge in the neuromuscular field and may lead to treatments or cures for muscular dystrophy and related disorders.  MDA's Task Force on Genetics oversees studies of all aspects of genetic defects implicated directly or indirectly in neuromuscular diseases.  Through MDA's services program, comprehensive medical care is available to children and adults with neuromuscular diseases at some 230 MDA hospital-affiliated clinics and through the Association's chapters.


Support Groups

Support Groups are designed to help those with chronic muscular disorders and their families address the problems these disorders impose.  A Support Group offers the participants the opportunity to meet and talk with others facing similar challenges.  There is no fee to attend and participate in the support groups, and we encourage family members and friends to attend.  The group meetings give the participants the chance to exchange vital information in a comfortable setting.  The following is the 2001 schedule for the ALS Support Group: (More Support Groups will be posted soon)

Location:  Al Sigl Center, 3399 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14623

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Facilitators:  Cindy Gibson, R.N., Kitty Moran, C.S.W.


January 11, 2001 April 19, 2001 July 26, 2001 October 18, 2001
February 8, 2001 May 10, 2001 August 16, 2001 November 8, 2001

March 15, 2001

June 14, 2001 September 20, 2001 December 6, 2001

NOTE:   When canceling a MDA sponsored event or support group due to weather conditions, MDA will have the cancellation announced on the following radio stations:  WHAM (1180AM), WVOR (100.5FM), and WPXY (97.9FM).  We urge you  not to attend a MDA event or support group when road conditions are potentially hazardous.


Equipment Pool

Consistent with MDA's policy to help enhance independence and maintain mobility for those with neuromuscular diseases, MDA provides assistance in the area of durable medical equipment.  In addition to the rules and regulations governing payment for durable medical equipment (as listed in MDA's Service brochure), a local Loan Closet Program is also available.

Here in the Greater Rochester/Finger Lakes area, our equipment pool is located and maintained courtesy of:

Monroe Wheelchair

295 Monroe Avenue

Rochester, New York 14607

Phone: (716) 546-5294

Fax: (716) 546-4193


As a member of the MDA family, you are welcome to have free use of any equipment currently located in our loan closet.  You may keep it for as long as needed.  MDA is unable, however, to incur any costs associated in having equipment repaired that is not authorized through our program.  Should you decide to borrow a piece of equipment from our loan closet, we will ask you to sign a waiver indicating the same.  The waiver releases MDA of any responsibility for the cost of maintaining the equipment and releases the Association from any liability related to the use of the equipment.


When equipment is no longer needed, we encourage its return to the loan closet.  MDA also accepts donated equipment from outside sources and would be pleased to make arrangements for its pick-up.



Parvati Dundee

Health Care Service Coordinator

Muscular Dystrophy Association

3136 Winton Road South, Suite 301

Rochester, NY 14623

Phone: (716) 424-6560

Fax: (716) 424-1446