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Welcome to our section on disabilities. Featuring a combination of original content, guest posts, inspiring stories, and practical tips. We hope you’ll find this section useful and informative. May it lift you up with a little encouragement, empathy, and compassion.

Spinal muscular atrophy and an Architect Designer

I met Stu Soneson this summer at a regional Joni and Friends Family Retreat for people affected by disability. Soneson has spinal muscular atrophy,...

Crouzoun-Pfeiffer syndrome

On the surface, at least, Doug Mazza had life by the horns. As senior executive of American Suzuki Motor Company, he wrote the business plan introducing Suzuki automobiles to the U.S. He later became chief operating officer of Hyundai Motor America.

Multiple Sclerosis

Forty-year-old Tom Stewart and his little dog had quite a scare recently.

27 visually impaired runners to compete in Sunday’s California International Marathon

Sacramento, Calif. - For the 13th year, the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes is partnering with the Sacramento Running Association to host the USABA Marathon National Championships presented by

Autism: Mom Fighting Tooth and Nail

Sandra Domenech became aware of this column through a friend who read it in a Florida weekly. She said she and her 13-year-old son with ASD recently moved out of Florida

Nasty Note Fuels Viral Facebook Post

What a stranger meant as a demeaning insult, 21-year-old Harley Skorpenske and her mother have turned into good.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms Lead to Diagnosis

Lori Maynard learned that her daughter had rheumatoid arthritis

Teen with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Becomes Advocate

After my infant and toddler years in Mt. Orab, Ohio, I grew up reading the Georgetown (Oh.) News Democrat. This week, I feature a person from Mt. Orab

New College Program for Disability Studies

If not for happening upon a scholarly journal in 1989, Dr. Jim Ferris today likely wouldn't be heading the disability studies department at the University of Toledo.

Businessman has Lou Gehrig’s Disease

This last December, 60-year-old Dan Hacker of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, had a busy holiday season. He and his wife of 38 years, Lynn, own and manage one of the Midwest's largest wholesale/retail Christmas tree, garland, and wreath operations.