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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.

Spinal muscular atrophy and an Architect Designer

I met Stu Soneson this summer at a regional Joni and Friends Family Retreat for people affected by disability. Soneson has spinal muscular atrophy, which a National Institutes of Health website describes

The Benders and their backs

Shari and Jack Bender have more in common than just sharing a home in Phoenix, Arizona. For one, they both had painful, career-ending back and neck injuries.

Coping with Autism

Seldom do I interview people via email instead of over telephone or in person, but Joseph D. Smith of Glasgow, Kentucky, has a sound reason asking for email. He has a high-functioning form of autism.

Disability Rights Pioneer Achieving More

At year's end, Dave Reynolds of Spokane, Washington, will retire from Inclusion Daily Express, the world's only international disability rights news service

Multiple Myeloma

During March Madness this year, remember John Churan of Phoenix, Arizona. Since his childhood days in Dayton, Ohio, he has backed the Dayton Flyers, a team currently fighting to earn an NCAA men's basketball tournament berth.

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.

Diabetes Service Dogs Save Lives

It would appear 55-year-old Jean Lundquist of Good Thunder, Minn., has been handed a living and loveable lifesaver.

Dots and dashes changed Zachary Barnum’s life

This 17-year-old resident of Fredericksburg, Virginia, who is legally blind in one eye due to optic nerve hypoplasia and has a form of bipolar disorder (ATOU Cares.org)

Disability Rights Activist Diane Coleman

When Diane Coleman of Rochester, New York, was six, doctors told her parents she would die before the age of 12 due to muscular dystrophy. When she was nine, doctors changed their diagnosis to spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and said she would live longer.

Multiple Sclerosis

Forty-year-old Tom Stewart and his little dog had quite a scare recently.