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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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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One-Armed Softball Phenom: Part 2

Recently, you may have read the first of two columns featuring 17-year-old Katelyn Pavey, a one-armed, fastpitch softball phenom
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Down Syndrome: Sports Columnist Becomes Advocate

As his bio states, Cincinnati Enquirer sports columnist Paul Daugherty has covered five Summer Olympic Games and "nearly every major American sporting event." He earned the AP Best Sports Columnist
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One-Armed Softball Star Shines

Besides having been born 17 years ago missing her left arm from the elbow down, Katelyn made All-Conference as a junior this year in high school fastpitch softball
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Nurse Practitioner Advises on Stroke

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 800,000 Americans each year experience a stroke, and those strokes "cause more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease."
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Eye Doctor Opening People’s Eyes

His disability forced a major career change, one that has benefited thousands. Dr. John Shepherd since 2008 has been director of the Weigel Williamson Center for Visual Rehabilitation
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Business Executive Fights Dementia

It was a rough transition for Paulan Gordon of Cincinnati, Ohio. She had been at the
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Advocate Providing Dementia Help

For ten years, Gary LeBlanc was the caregiver for his father, who had Alzheimer's disease before passing away in 2009.
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Raising Awareness for Mental Health

In the U.S., the month of May is (or was, depending on when your newspaper publishes this column) "Mental Health Awareness Month."
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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