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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.

Casella Living Under the Stars

Readers have asked about the progress of Mario Casella, 41, who I've featured three other times over the last four years. He has multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS),

Disabilities Book Aims To Reach Christian Leadership

Last week, I interviewed a young lady with autism over email because she felt more comfortable with that method of communication. For a similar reason, this week, I interviewed via email Tait Berge of

Paranoid Schizophrenia Came on Suddenly

Dustin said, "And while caring for my parents, suddenly I began having delusions that I was supposed to join a secret organization and that it had something to do with the military

Brain Injured Volunteer Helping Brain Injured

Every year at this time, I try featuring a person who shows the spirit of the season in walking the extra mile to help people with disabilities.

Woman Managing Two Mental Illnesses

Madelyn Heslet has been diagnosed by a mental health professional with both a form of bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder.

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.

Twyman Stood By Maurice Stokes: Part 2

Last column, I featured 1958 Cincinnati Royals teammates Jack Twyman and Maurice Stokes. Both were NBA All-Stars. Stokes passed and rebounded better than anyone except Wilt Chamberlain.

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

Multiple Sclerosis Becomes Counselor’s Asset

During most of the '70s, Kathe Skinner, now a 65-year-old licensed marriage family therapist in Colorado Springs, Colorado, couldn't figure out what was wrong with her body.

Low Vision Center Omaha

The Weigel Williamson Center for Visual Rehabilitation in Omaha, Nebraska, is a leading medical facility serving people with “low vision,” i.e., people who have very poor eyesight that can't be improved through surgical means.

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