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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Woman Taunted as a Teenager

My featured person this week agreed to be interviewed only under condition of anonymity. Janet" was born with
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Gorrell Changed Deaf Sports

If you're a deaf athlete, odds are you've heard of 68-year-old, sports pioneer Howard Gorrell of Delaware. He grew up completely deaf from birth in Dayton, Ohio.
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What It Means to be Human

In recent columns, I discussed the effect children with disabilities have on marriages. One reader emailed, 35-year-old Brad from southern California, to say he had been having a remarkably positive experience. His three-year-old daughter has Down syndrome
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A Holiday (Handicap Tag) Request

Marsha Reiniers of Spring Hill, Florida, reads this column in the daily Hernando Today. She has an interesting request this Christmas season and upcoming winter: If you have a disability parking sticker, physically are having a "good" day
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Six Wheelchair Lessons Learned

Months ago, 56-year-old Susan Schaub of Albert Lea, Minnesota, had ankle surgery. She then wrote about her six-week experience of having to use a wheelchair and has given me permission to publish it here:
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Content With Vascular Dementia

It's rare I interview a person with a disability who is very comfortable about having a not-so-great prognosis. But Sven Dorsey truly is upbeat as he struggles with having vascular dementia. He reads this column in
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Basketball Coaching Legend Don Meyer

On September 5, 2008, Don Meyer, the men's basketball coach at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, was heading up a convoy of six cars toward a team preseason retreat. Apparently falling asleep at the wheel, Meyer drifted
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Multiple Sclerosis Tricia Geater

Tricia Geater is age 60, lives in Puyallup, Washington, and has multiple sclerosis. She regularly reads this column in her hometown newspaper from the Midwest.
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Interacting with Blind People

Rick and Alysia Wells have been married for ten years, and they are both blind. He works at home in the computer field and she is a social worker in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His blindness came in 1983 from neurovascular glaucoma, and hers at age two due to cancer of the retina.
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O’Brien Judged for Hidden Disability

Five years ago, Veronica O'Brien of Keyport, New Jersey, was feeling dizzy and nauseous, and had coordination problems when driving or walking. She reads this column