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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Cerebral Palsy Doesn’t Stop Crouch

P.J. Crouch has cerebral palsy, which a person usually "gets" during fetal development or at birth, when brain damage permanently short-circuits the brain's ability to effectively control body coordination
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Marriage Insight from a Sports Columnist

Last column, I featured Paul Daugherty, nationally acclaimed Cincinnati Enquirer sports columnist, whose daughter Jillian was born with Down syndrome.
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Autism: Mom Fighting Tooth and Nail

Sandra Domenech became aware of this column through a friend who read it in a Florida weekly. She said she and her 13-year-old son with ASD recently moved out of Florida
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Traumatic Brain Injury Was Devastating

Four days after getting his driver's license at age 16 in 1975, Todd Bode was coaxed into joining his big brother on a road trip. The hook was that Bode would be allowed to drive.
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Neuroblastoma

It was only three years ago when Lisa Adams of Grove City, Ohio, first learned her then four-year-old daughter Eden had neuroblastoma. A National Institutes of Health website defines it as “a malignant (cancerous) tumor that develops from nerve tissue” and occurs in infants and children.
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Autism Speaks Exec Speaks

Lorri Unumb of Lexington, South Carolina, is vice president of state government affairs at Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization.
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Trailblazer for Blind: Dr. Kenneth Jernigan

Roseville, CA- This is that column held in reserve more than a decade, the one I'd always envisioned writing but wouldn't until now.
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Autism / Murphys

Melanie Murphy of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, thought at first that her son Cole just had a speech delay. “He would say only a few words, and I couldn't understand what they were,” said Murphy, 36, in a telephone interview, of her then three-year-old son.
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Ed Madara, American Self-Help Group Clearing House

In 1971, a New York City native, Army Lieutenant Ed Madara, was stationed at an ammunition depot in the Vietnamese Central Highlands, in Phu Tai.
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Mental Illness Carries Stigma

If meeting 54-year-old Rita Dinquel in public, you likely would see her as confident, intelligent, and articulate. She would look "normal." Yet doctors over the years have diagnosed her with major depressive disorder and borderline personality disorder