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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.

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

One-Armed Softball Star Shines

Besides having been born 17 years ago missing her left arm from the elbow down, Katelyn made All-Conference as a junior this year in high school fastpitch softball

Newspaper Expert Enjoys Son with Autism

Ken Blum is nationally known as an expert in the community newspaper industry and regularly writes about industry issues

Disabled Arizonian Affected By Chemical Exposure

Some people say Mario Casella is nuts. I've featured him twice before, and all along have been following what has become a life-or-death struggle against

Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding and Communication Important

In 2011, Jeff Gallatin, began the process of grieving after the passing of his 72-year-old mother Carol, who had chronic progressive multiple sclerosis.

Being Blind and Age 16

"Aralynn" isn't her real name. The reason she wants anonymity will become clear. She was born with septo-optic dysplasia, which in her translates to her being completely blind

Go Make a Friend Today

Not long ago, I asked a nonprofit group involved in assisting people with disabilities to consider helping out an elderly person with certain physical limitations.

Activist Donohue started Sarah Jane Brain Foundation

About three years ago, I shared the story of New Yorker Patrick Donohue and his 4-year-old daughter, Sarah Jane. Much has happened since and Donohue's nonprofit foundation is important, so I telephoned recently asking for updates

Drake Isn’t Dead Yet

When infant Stephen Drake was being born sideways breech in a New York hospital in the mid-'50s, a doctor wrongly used forceps to pull him from the womb.

Accepting People with Disabilities

In August, my family and I will spend five days at a Joni and Friends Family Retreat in the northern part of our state. This particular organization has family retreats all over the nation in order to give disability-affected families encouragement and a respite