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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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Wheelchair-Using Eagle Scout

Only a select few Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle and fewer yet become one while using a wheelchair. Josh Swoverland of Avon, Indiana, is an Eagle Scout who was born with a spinal cord abnormality, a club foot, and paralysis in both feet.
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ADHD / Matt Lust

From all appearances, Matt Lust is “normal.” He's a 24-year-old graduate student majoring in sociology at a midwestern university and a former high school football player.
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Dyslexia Doesn’t Stop Titlebaum

Occasionally, I feel especially inspired after interviewing a person for my column. And this was one such instance.
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Alzheimer’s: Just be there for them

In a telephone interview, 52-year-old Marsha Irvin of Grove City, Ohio, reflected on what has helped her cope with her father having Alzheimer's disease: "He has enjoyed this life and I know God is watching over him.
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Peter and Gracie Rosenberger (Part 2)

Last column, I began telling you about Peter and Gracie Rosenberger, who recently appeared on the Today Show.
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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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Father and Son Navigate Autism

"Jason" became personally acquainted with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) when his child, "Tommy," was diagnosed at 4. Jason, which wasn't his real name
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Online Publisher Battles Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Joe Steck was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Steck can't plan much in advance because "I never know when the fatigue will kick in," (via ATOU Cares)
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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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Talented Joe Griffin

I first learned of 14-year-old Joe Griffin of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, in 2006. After reading my column in the Walton (Fla.) Sun, he and his mother talked with me over the telephone nearly an hour