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Daniel J. Vance is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor from Vernon Center, Minn.

His weekly newspaper column Disabilities has been published in more than 260 newspapers.

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Week Two with Journalist David M. Perry

Last week, you learned about David M. Perry, a history professor who doubles as a nationally known disabilities rights journalist and activist.
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Raising His Son with Down Syndrome

On his day job, 44-year-old David M. Perry of Brookfield, Illinois, is a Dominican University history professor and Medieval Venice expert
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Teen with ASD Loves Dogs, Art, and Cars

Kenzie Smith, 17, of Hillsboro, Ohio, was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome "three or four years ago," she said in a telephone interview
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Mom Serves Dementia Residents

Last week, I introduced you to Tish and Joe Griffin, mother and son, of Destin, Florida.
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Mom Turns Caregiving Into Career

So taken up by their moving story, I'm devoting the next two weeks to Joe and Tish Griffin, 21-year-old son and 60-year-old mother
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Vietnam Vet Won’t Seek PTSD Help

My featured person this week is "Maryanne," the adult daughter of a former Marine who most likely has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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Cerebral Palsy Doesn’t Stop Crouch

P.J. Crouch has cerebral palsy, which a person usually "gets" during fetal development or at birth, when brain damage permanently short-circuits the brain's ability to effectively control body coordination
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Man Still Recovering from TBI

Two years back, I featured Daniel Mignerey who somehow survived life-threatening injuries on February 6, 2015
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Couple Managing Several Disabilities

In a telephone interview, 62-year-old Bernice said, "I was born prematurely and was exposed to oxygen in the incubator. The result was called retinopathy of prematurity
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Autism: Mom Fighting Tooth and Nail

Sandra Domenech became aware of this column through a friend who read it in a Florida weekly. She said she and her 13-year-old son with ASD recently moved out of Florida