Leading by Example: Steve Mikita on Life With SMA

Wendy Henderson avatar

by Wendy Henderson |

Share this article:

Share article via email

In this video from the DNA Learning Center, attorney Steve Mikita recalls his time at Duke University and taking the bar exam as an adult with type 3 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

Learn more about the five steps of SMA diagnosis.

Mikita was determined to attend a “normal” college, not one specifically for people with disabilities. In 1974, he became the first freshman in a wheelchair to be accepted at Duke. Mikita never let SMA get in the way of his life so he devised ways to get around any problems. He is now an assistant attorney general for the state of Utah.

Read about the four different areas of SMA management.

SMA News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.