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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Eric Duquette: Part 1

Judy Duquette of Smithfield, Rhode Island, clearly remembers when in 1993 her then 18-month-old son began changing
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Deborah Lofink and Autism

Only weeks ago I wrote a column about a dedicated woman raising her child with autism. Due to a healthy response to that column, here is another about autism, yet with a twist.
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Dave Dravecky (part 2)

Recently, I interviewed baseball legend Dave Dravecky, whose comeback bid in 1989 was one of the greatest in sports history. After surviving radical cancer surgery, a year later
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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.
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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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People with Fibromyalgia aren’t crazy

People look at you sometimes like you're crazy," said 40-year-old Mara Mittelman of Carney's Point, New Jersey, in a telephone interview. But I've always been honest about having fibromyalgia.
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Hypoplastic left heart syndrome

I met Deb Dzubak and her 14-year-old son Zachary this summer at a regional Joni and Friends Family Retreat, a five-day accessible camp that gave forty families affected by disability a fun and inspiring time to recharge batteries. The U.S. has a number of different organizations offering
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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
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Reader: “I Consider My Life a Success”

A regular column reader, "Roseanne" (not her real name), has been a fighter. Weighing only 21 ounces at birth, she then became overexposed to oxygen in an incubator for three months and developed retrolental fibroplasia. It's a condition that causes blindness.
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Ex-Major Leaguer Takes Pride in Career

In eleven Major League Baseball seasons from 1993-2006, journeyman Curtis Pride hit 20 home runs and had 82 runs batted in total as an outfielder for seven different teams (via ATOU Cares.org)