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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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Joni Eareckson Tada (Part 1)

Joni Eareckson Tada likely is the most famous person you've never heard of.
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Dental Fillings – Mercury in your Mouth

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website says that dental amalgam "is the silver-colored material used to fill teeth that have cavities." The mercury concentration in a silver filling is about 50 percent by weight
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Ex-Major Leaguer Takes Pride in Career

In eleven Major League Baseball seasons from 1993-2006, journeyman Curtis Pride hit 20 home runs and had 82 runs batted in total as an outfielder for seven different teams (via ATOU Cares.org)
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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
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Mental Illness in America

A January report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration claimed 20 percent of U.S. adults experienced a mental illness in 2010 and five percent had a serious mental illness
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Christopher Duffley: Singing Talent

Most years at Christmas, I write a column about an especially gifted person with a moving message that fits the season. This year's column features an indomitable 10-year-old boy, Christopher Duffley of Manchester, New Hampshire,
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Chambers Destigmatizes Feeding Tube Use

According to a National Institutes of Health website, a person with Parkinsons Plus syndrome has all the symptoms of Parkinsons disease and additional "widespread damage to the part of the nervous system...
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Copy Editor managing Bipolar Disorder

will call her "Rita." She is a middle-aged copy editor for a Midwest publishing company. In her teens, she began having mental health struggles and in her 20s was diagnosed with a form of bipolar disorder
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Ron Davis, a lightning rod (Part One)

Over the years, I've interviewed hundreds of people for this column, but few have had such intriguing and gripping stories as 66-year-old Ron Davis of Burlingame, California. He is the founder of Davis Dyslexia Association International and a lightning rod for people
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Miraculous Birth and Life of Johnson

An argument could be made that the life of 82-year-old Gail Johnson has been a miracle from beginning to end.