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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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New Yorker Smells the Roses

In October, I invited readers to pen their own column for publishing here. The first reply came from Virginia Mariani, who reads this column in the Grand Island (NY) Dispatch
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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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Eric Duquette: Part 2

Last week, I featured Judy and son Eric Duquette. In the mid-'90s, a physician diagnosed then 3-year-old Eric with autism, which meant he had a wide range of developmental challenges including being
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Alzheimers- We’re still the same person

Mary Ann Becklenberg of Dyer, Indiana, began noticing Alzheimer's disease symptoms more than two years ago. "I worked for a hospice as a licensed clinical social worker and at the time was the person that had introduced a new program there," said 64-year-old
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Mental Health Counseling Week and Disability

Besides having penned this newspaper column about disability since 2002, I'm also a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor.
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Nelson Earned PhD Despite Three Disabilities

"I grew up in a time when no one understood ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)," said 53-year-old Eric Nelson of Sacramento, California, in a telephone interview.
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Quick Reaction Saved Keplinger from Stroke

Besides surviving a heart attack and stroke in 2004, Walter Keplinger has a 25-year-old son with autism. He reads this column in Sacramento Today online.
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Andrea and Syncope

Andrea DiTullio reads this column in The Desert Advocate, near Phoenix, Arizona. She experiences a condition called syncope, which, according to a National Institutes of Health website, “is the temporary loss of consciousness due to a sudden decline in blood flow to the brain.
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TBI Affected Man Helps Kids

"Johnny" is lucky being alive. For this column, he preferred using a pseudonym.
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Mom Serves Dementia Residents

Last week, I introduced you to Tish and Joe Griffin, mother and son, of Destin, Florida.