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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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Service Dog Project Changes Lives

Carlene White probably doesn't view herself as an international celebrity, but to the 108 people with disabilities who have received one of her free, trained, Great Dane
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Down Syndrome: Sports Columnist Becomes Advocate

As his bio states, Cincinnati Enquirer sports columnist Paul Daugherty has covered five Summer Olympic Games and "nearly every major American sporting event." He earned the AP Best Sports Columnist
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Disability Advocate Changes Attitudes

Kathie Snow's attitudes drastically changed in 1990, the year her son with cerebral palsy turned 3.
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Legless Man Considers Himself Lucky

When I first interviewed John Tartaglio years ago, he had just been on The Opray Winfrey Show. He went on to appear on her show two more times. Soon, he will appear on the Fox News show Hannity as the first person
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Autism

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website defines autism as a wide spectrum of disorders characterized “by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills, social interactions, and restricted, repetitive, stereotyped patterns of behavior.”
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Newspaper Editor has Asperger’s Syndrome

Cynthia Parkhill works as an editor of the Lake County (Calif.) Record Bee, which publishes this column, and also blogs about Asperger's syndrome and disability in general. Parkhill has Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism.
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Roll a Mile in Their Shoes

She said she is a much better person after breaking her ankle.
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The Benders and their backs

Shari and Jack Bender have more in common than just sharing a home in Phoenix, Arizona. For one, they both had painful, career-ending back and neck injuries.
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Peter Kellett and Trisomy 18: Part Two

In last week's column, I mentioned that in 2005 Mary Kellett had given birth to a baby boy with Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder in which her son had a third copy of material from chromosome 18.
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Allyhoos Comfort Young Hospital Patients

It all began with her own physical suffering, and through this suffering she has helped heal others.