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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Joni Eareckson Tada (Part 1)

Joni Eareckson Tada likely is the most famous person you've never heard of.
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Mom copes with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

I won't mention her real name because "Amanda" dearly wants to protect her son, "Brent," who was born with fetal alcohol syndrome.
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Being Blind and Age 16

"Aralynn" isn't her real name. The reason she wants anonymity will become clear. She was born with septo-optic dysplasia, which in her translates to her being completely blind
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Taunts often hurt for life

In mid-April, the California State Senate passed a bill prohibiting the words "mentally retarded" from being used in any of its laws.
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Raising His Son with Down Syndrome

On his day job, 44-year-old David M. Perry of Brookfield, Illinois, is a Dominican University history professor and Medieval Venice expert
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The Museum of disABILITY

I recently happened upon a delightful surprise. While planning for a family vacation, I learned of an interesting tourist attraction: The Museum of disABILITY History in Buffalo, New York.
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Quadriplegic Sought Help From Friends

It seemed a fun summer trip for a 17-year-old gymnast. In 1994, Mike Ritter, now of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, joined a performance gymnastics team and headed to the sunny Bahamas
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Dave Dravecky (Part 1)

It was one of baseball's greatest moments: San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky surviving cancer surgery in his throwing arm and only a year later in August 1989 in a miraculous comeback bid pitching seven flawless innings against the Cincinnati Reds.
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Nurse had extreme mood swings

Until moving recently, 75-year-old Ella Mae Rayner read this column in the New Bern Sun Journal in North Carolina
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Blindness Rebecca Kragnes

The National Federal of the Blind Web site reports that about 1.3 million Americans are legally blind, and of those only one percent were born that way.