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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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People with Disabilities in Institutions

If not for volunteering at age 13 to help a girl with traumatic brain injury, Robert Stack likely wouldn't have gone on to begin an organization that would improve the lives of thousands of people with disabilities
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Businessman has Lou Gehrig’s Disease

This last December, 60-year-old Dan Hacker of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, had a busy holiday season. He and his wife of 38 years, Lynn, own and manage one of the Midwest's largest wholesale/retail Christmas tree, garland, and wreath operations.
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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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Grandfather Appreciates Granddaughter with Rett Syndrome

Gregg Olson of Amboy, Minnesota, has a five-year-old granddaughter with Rett syndrome. In an interview, he said, "Evie can't walk or talk, but she can make sounds. She often has more frustration than most girls
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Disability gave Kneeshaw advantages

I have never featured anyone quite like 63-year-old Rick Kneeshaw. He acquired polio at age 3 and post-polio syndrome about age 36.
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Divorce Rates involving a child with a disability, just a myth?

Over the last year, I've been attending graduate school and looking at research on the effect a child with a disability has on marital and family stability. From it, I've learned that many nonprofit organizations have been reporting divorce rates ranging from
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Teen with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Becomes Advocate

After my infant and toddler years in Mt. Orab, Ohio, I grew up reading the Georgetown (Oh.) News Democrat. This week, I feature a person from Mt. Orab
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Auketts Were Early Ostomy Advocates

In a telephone interview, UOAA co-founder, 75-year-old Ken Aukett, of Westmont, New Jersey, had a lot to say about his late wife, Linda, also a UOAA co-founder
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People with Fibromyalgia aren’t crazy

People look at you sometimes like you're crazy," said 40-year-old Mara Mittelman of Carney's Point, New Jersey, in a telephone interview. But I've always been honest about having fibromyalgia.
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Disabilities Advocate Carolyn Schwebel

It would be inaccurate saying 64-year-old Carolyn Schwebel is a one-woman army advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. That's because she has a great deal of help, including her friend, Carmena, and husband, John.