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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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Ed Madara, American Self-Help Group Clearing House

In 1971, a New York City native, Army Lieutenant Ed Madara, was stationed at an ammunition depot in the Vietnamese Central Highlands, in Phu Tai.
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Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Left Scars

"Steve" reads this column in Arkansas. He had an upbringing that left deep emotional scars because of being born with cleft lip and cleft palate, which came about when
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Lawyer Lauds National Federation of the Blind

In the first of two columns, last week I featured Chris Danielson of Baltimore, Maryland, director of public relations for the 50,000-member National Federal of the Blind
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Dermatomyositis: Woman Battles Weakness, Rash

In 1993, and only two weeks after having given birth to her second child, Becki Lanser of Cary, North Carolina, was experiencing severe muscle weakness and fatigue.
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TBI Injured Man: Don’t Drink and Drive

In 1974, 16-year-old Todd "Odie" Bode was a backseat passenger when a "drunk driver came whipping across the lane and hit us head-on," said 52-year-old Bode in a telephone interview
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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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Depression

Jerry Bambery owns five fast food restaurants that grossed more than $12 million in combined sales last year. He agreed to this interview because he wants more people talking about major depression.
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Positive Family and Friends Helping Block

On April 2, 2013, Robyn Block and a friend, went skiing at Lutsen Mountain not far from the Canadian border near Lake Superior
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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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Cerebral Palsy – Giving something back

"I grew up in a South Korean orphanage," said 42-year-old Schuh in a telephone interview. "I have mild cerebral palsy, and because of it I used to fall down a lot when I was little. My left arm and leg are affected."