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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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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.
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Huntington’s disease

Glenn Ferrell of Boise, Idaho, has plenty of experience on how disability affects families. His fourth child, Noah, was born with Down Syndrome, and his first wife, Barbara, died from Huntington's disease.
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Tada Sings Oscar Nominated Song, Doesn’t

The movie Alone Yet Not Alone chronicles the true, faith-filled story of Regina and Barbara Leininger surviving the eighteenth-century French and Indian War.
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Asperger’s Teen Loves Legos and Phillies

Recently, I featured 43-year-old New Jerseyan Dorothy Smaniotto, who has antiphosopholipid syndrome (APS), also called "sticky blood disease." In 2008, due to APS, she had two disabling strokes and a heart attack before doctors could figure out what was wrong.
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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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Faith Plays Big Role with Mom

Every now and then, a person featured here attributes faith as pivotal in their being able to cope with disability-one in themselves or family members.
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Often Not Believed

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also called Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, had Carl Miller and his doctors, completely baffled for a long while.
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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
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A personal experience with PTSD

Since 1966, I have lived with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And, after all these years, I now have learned firsthand the difficult decision many people with mental illness face
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Dupuytren’s Contracture

In the past, I've written about my daughter's disability, spina bifida. So I have lots of firsthand experience dealing with a loved one's disability. Twice over the last five years, I have also mentioned my own traumatic brain injury, but have explained that the lingering odds