Home Columns Disabilities

Disabilities

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. The archives date back to 2006 and many remain relevant and inspirational.

Daniel J Vance

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.
Daniel J Vance

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
Daniel J Vance

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
Daniel J Vance

Mom Serves Dementia Residents

Last week, I introduced you to Tish and Joe Griffin, mother and son, of Destin, Florida.
Daniel J Vance

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
Daniel J Vance

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).
Daniel J Vance

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
Daniel J Vance

Man Still Recovering from TBI

Two years back, I featured Daniel Mignerey who somehow survived life-threatening injuries on February 6, 2015
Daniel J Vance

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
Daniel J Vance

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