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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.

Update on Ohio TBI Survivor

In mid-February, I featured Daniel Mignerey of Sardinia, Ohio, my cousin's 21-year-old son, who had just experienced traumatic brain (TBI) and severe shoulder injuries from an automobile accident

Steinbach Tackles Paranoid Schizophrenia

He began hearing voices in his head at age 15. It started with hearing a man and a woman. They were good voices.

College President Offers Disability Advice

You could say Dr. Richard Davenport, has a great deal of personal experience with and an open mind toward people with disabilities, especially communication disorders, such as stuttering, and also voice challenges caused

Killingsworth Hopeful for MCS Cure

Scott Killingsworth's experience with disability began in 1998 as a 27-year-old graduate assistant at Georgia Tech studying industrial organizational psychology.

Gutierrez: Music Can Help Anyone

As much as anything, love of music has helped Alex Gutierrez of Mariposa, California, get through a life of multiple disabilities. His journey began at age one when polio began affecting his legs.

Diabetes Service Dogs Save Lives

It would appear 55-year-old Jean Lundquist of Good Thunder, Minn., has been handed a living and loveable lifesaver.

Woman has Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Over the last six years, I have corresponded with "Alicia" (not her real name), who initially read this column in a suburban Phoenix newspaper. Beginning in 1999, after some health challenges

Harvard Graduate Fights Bipolar Disorder

The world seemed to come crashing down on June 20, 1993, for then 36-year-old "Bart" of Queens, New York. Before that day, he had college degrees from Dartmouth and Harvard, and was earning $135,000 a year in business

Cerebral Palsy, preparing his whole life

Jon Ebersole of Oak Park, Illinois, feels as if he has been preparing for his current career and job his entire life."I was raised a Mennonite, which is a very service-oriented faith," said 48-year-old Ebersole in a telephone in

Respecting intellectual and developmental disabilities

Carol Robinson grew up in the late '40s and early '50s in St. Louis, Missouri. "And when I was there, the blacks had their schools and the whites theirs," said 63-year-old Robinson in an interview. "There was segregation. After my adopted dad moved, we lived in Rock Island

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