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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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Double Amputee Lives for Yet Another Day

For personal reasons, "Billy" did not want his real name revealed here. He lives in the Midwest as a double-leg, below-knee amputee and has had more brushes with death
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Theater Critic Becomes Disability Booster

What young Joshua had would have concerned any mother. What arose from their experience has benefited many people with disabilities.
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People with Disabilities 200 Years Ago

My 19-year-old daughter Abigail, who uses a wheelchair, lately has been doing a great deal of genealogical research, mainly because
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People with Autism Especially Vulnerable

Perhaps like you, recently I read of an incident in Okeechobee, Florida, in which an 18-year-old man was recorded on video beating, choking, kicking, and holding a knife to the throat of a 16-year-old boy with autism.
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Mother Found New Meaning

17-year-old Alisha Pierce suddenly came down with a cold, then a fever, caught viral pneumonia, and passed away inside two days. More than three years later, her mother, Shawn Pierce, still remembers her daughter with cerebral palsy.
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Peter Kellett and Trisomy 18: Part Two

In last week's column, I mentioned that in 2005 Mary Kellett had given birth to a baby boy with Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder in which her son had a third copy of material from chromosome 18.
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Twyman Stood By Maurice Stokes: Part 1

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects 1.5 million Americans annually, usually through automobile and bicycle accidents, falls, contact sports, and violence. It's the leading cause of long-term disability in children and young adults.
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O’Daniel Wants to Make a Difference

The Spina Bifida Association website claims spina bifida affects about 165,000 Americans and is the nation's most common permanently disabling birth defect. It occurs when a child's spine doesn't close during the first months of pregnancy. People with spina bifida usually require a brain shunt to drain excess cerebrospinal fluid.
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Nurse had extreme mood swings

Until moving recently, 75-year-old Ella Mae Rayner read this column in the New Bern Sun Journal in North Carolina
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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Advocate

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)defines fetal alcohol syndrome disorder (FASD) as "an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual who was prenatally exposed to alcohol