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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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Another Miracle League Season Begins

The Miracle League began in the 1990s in Georgia as a baseball league for children with disabilities. The kids play on accessible fields and have special rules. The League now serves 200,000 children and young adults
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Multiple Disabilities

Deborah and Bobby Cook complement each other. She doesn't see or walk well, and Bobby has trouble hearing and talking. They both read this column in the Walton Sun (Florida).
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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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Evans Sees Greater Purpose in Disability

Two years ago, I featured Nicholas Evans of Spring Hill, Florida, who reads this column in Hernando Today. His story was so complex and unique, I recently sensed a progress report on his status was in order.
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Mental Illness in America

A January report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration claimed 20 percent of U.S. adults experienced a mental illness in 2010 and five percent had a serious mental illness
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Jim Fielder Alzheimer’s

Jim Fielder of Tyler, Texas, has been a bass guitar player in a number of bands, including Buffalo Springfield, Blood Sweat & Tears, and with Neil Sedaka.
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Mike Utley Foundation seeks cure for spinal cord injuries

Recently, I was able to reach Mike Utley over the telephone while he was in Dallas awaiting a flight to Miami. At one time, Utley was a great Detroit Lions offensive lineman, until an NFL game on November 17, 1991.
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Blind Attorney Becomes National Advocate

Blind from birth, Chris Danielson is director of public relations for the 50,000-member National Federation of the Blind
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Advocate Fighting Invisible Disabilities

Christy Smith of Florissant, Missouri, saw nine doctors over a three-year span beginning in 1991 before learning exactly why she had periodic, intense dizzy spells
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Pete and Liz Fordred

In March 1982, Pete and Liz Fordred began an incredible 18-month sailing adventure across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to Florida. They sailed by themselves as paraplegics,