Disabilities

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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Autism Cards

People didn't like 7-year-old Logan's erratic behavior. Some people were even calling him an undisciplined brat. Then Logan's mother, 38-year-old Tamara Hansen of
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GCPS and Turner Syndrome

“Tina” has been a mother of two children with rare disabilities, and prefers anonymity to protect her children's identities. Living near Phoenix, Arizona, she reads “Disabilities” in The Desert Advocate.
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New Creative Outlet for People with Disabilities

Timotheus Gordon and his new friend, Shanae Heard, want people with disabilities to be heard, seen, and read. Last November, they began www.Abilitysota.com, a website for people with disabilities
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Double Amputee Lives for Yet Another Day

For personal reasons, "Billy" did not want his real name revealed here. He lives in the Midwest as a double-leg, below-knee amputee and has had more brushes with death
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Theater Critic Becomes Disability Booster

What young Joshua had would have concerned any mother. What arose from their experience has benefited many people with disabilities.
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Foundation Funds Jewish Disability Programs

Roseville, CA - Since 2002, the Ruderman Family Foundation has been involved with "inclusion and enhancing the lives of adults and children with disabilities
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Father Trying to Build Understanding

Joseph Hernandez of Auburn, Washington, knew before his son's birth that his son would have a birth defect, spina bifida. The only thing in doubt was whether Joseph would hang around.
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Georgian Caught Between Two Cultures

Gary Frazier and I have known each other about ten years. From Milledgeville, Georgia, he reads this column nearly every week and emails comments a couple times a year.
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Families Heading to Accessible Camps

It's August again, and I'm preparing for another Joni and Friends Family Retreat, which the Vance family has attended nearly every year since 1999. It's for families affected by disability.
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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