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

Be a Friend This Holiday Season

Outreach could jumpstart a lifelong friendship Roseville, Calif.- With Christmas, and other year-end holidays approaching, I'm going to put an idea or two right...

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

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. He has...

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. After hours, he's...

Teen with ASD Loves Dogs, Art, and Cars

A National Institute of Mental Health website states that people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have "ongoing social problems" that include "difficulty communicating...

Mom Serves Dementia Residents

Last week, I introduced you to Tish and Joe Griffin, mother and son, of Destin, Florida. (They first read this column in the Walton...

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, of...

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).

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

Man Still Recovering from TBI

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