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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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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
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Peter and Gracie Rosenberger (Part 2)

Last column, I began telling you about Peter and Gracie Rosenberger, who recently appeared on the Today Show.
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ARC member Gloria Steinbring

Recently, I interviewed Gloria Steinbring during an ARC convention. At more than 140,000 members, ARC claims to be the world's largest community-based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.