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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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O’Daniel Wants to Make a Difference

The Spina Bifida Association website claims spina bifida affects about 165,000 Americans and is the nation's most common permanently disabling birth defect. It occurs when a child's spine doesn't close during the first months of pregnancy. People with spina bifida usually require a brain shunt to drain excess cerebrospinal fluid.
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Reporter Experiences ADA Pros and Cons

Ann Redd of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has mixed emotions about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While having advocated for its 1990 passage and currently recognizing
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NY Reader Has Life Beyond MS

A column I wrote weeks ago about the Service Dog Project (and its Great Danes) prompted responses from two Niagara-Wheatfield (NY) Tribune readers
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Epilepsy Doesn’t Slow Szesterniak

Fifteen years ago, then 16-year-old Jennifer Szesterniak was in the back of a van taking her and her teammates to the Wisconsin State High School Girls Tennis Tournament scheduled the next day.
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Peter Kellett and Trisomy 18: Part One

You can hear pain in Mary Kellett. Her 6-year-old son died in 2011. Yet the fact Peter died may not be as painful as the way.
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Business Executive Fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease

About five years ago, Todd Neva, now of Hancock, Michigan, began having trouble lifting his daughter from her carseat. Over time,
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Disability Advocate Changes Attitudes

Kathie Snow's attitudes drastically changed in 1990, the year her son with cerebral palsy turned 3.
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Woman creates Ostomy awareness

Ellen Boldt of Brooksville, Florida, has a special affinity for February 19. "That's the day in 1976 I became cancer-free," said 80-year-old Boldt in a telephone interview. She reads this column in the Hernando Today edition of the Tampa Tribune
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Troy McClain – Part Two

In a recent column, you learned about Troy McClain, who was featured on the TV show "The Apprentice" and is a spokesperson for the week-long 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games that begin February 7 in Boise, Idaho
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Managing Parkinson’s Disease

Several weeks ago, I asked readers to share their personal stories. "Bill" of Dunedin, Florida, responded after reading my request in the Tampa (FL) Tribune. I won't use his real name here because he used to be a counter terrorism/counter intelligence team