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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.

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One-Armed Softball Phenom: Part 2

Recently, you may have read the first of two columns featuring 17-year-old Katelyn Pavey, a one-armed, fastpitch softball phenom
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Loretta Claiborne Ran to Success

Roseville, CA - You may have seen the Disney made-for-TV movie The Loretta Claiborne Story, in which a partially blind, African-American woman with an intellectual disability
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Family Faces Disability-Related Challenges

On Christmas Eve 2014, Tommi Mclaughlin of Spearfish, South Dakota, lost her balance because of multiple sclerosis (MS), fell over backwards near the family Christmas tree
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Californian with MCS has Amazing Turnaround

In February, I featured here Mario Casella, a Californian fighting the ultimate battle against liver disease, which he had because of poor lifestyle choices years ago, and multiple chemical sensitivity
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Advocating for People with Autism

Not long ago, my 18-year-old daughter had surgery at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota, the nation's oldest hospital for children with disabilities
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Markham Book Challenges Churches

For millions of Americans with disabilities, faith and church play big roles. For years, 61-year-old Dan'l Markham of Moorpark, California, has been helping thousands of churches become aware of what he believes their faith calls them to do.
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People with Fibromyalgia aren’t crazy

People look at you sometimes like you're crazy," said 40-year-old Mara Mittelman of Carney's Point, New Jersey, in a telephone interview. But I've always been honest about having fibromyalgia.
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Blind man shares practical advice

Rick and Alysia Wells live happily in Kernersville, North Carolina. For years, he has been self-employed at home and she has worked as a social worker
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Talented Joe Griffin (part 2)

Last column, I featured 14-year-old Floridian Joe Griffin, who acquired a spinal cord injury in 1998 at age 2 after accidentally falling off a bed. Today, he only has feeling from his shoulders up
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ADHD Stigma

A National Institutes of Health website states that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is "one of the most common childhood disorders." Symptoms can include impulsiveness, difficulty focusing on one thing, struggling to follow directions