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.

Daniel J Vance

Volunteers Raising Dogs for People with Disabilities

She grew up with disability being part of her life. Christina Montalbano, 24, of Middletown, New Jersey, said in a telephone interview
Daniel J Vance

Online Publisher Battles Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Joe Steck was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Steck can't plan much in advance because "I never know when the fatigue will kick in," (via ATOU Cares)
Daniel J Vance

Dementia: There Is Life After Diagnosis

This wasn't how Robert Bowles of Thomaston, Georgia, wanted to spend his retirement years.
Daniel J Vance

43 Year Old with Schizophrenia Persevering

He advised people with schizophrenia: "You can get through it. Where you are at now doesn't have to be that way forever."
Daniel J Vance

Chambers Destigmatizes Feeding Tube Use

According to a National Institutes of Health website, a person with Parkinsons Plus syndrome has all the symptoms of Parkinsons disease and additional "widespread damage to the part of the nervous system...
Daniel J Vance

10-Year Anniversary; Column Seeks Diversity

For you readers who haven't been along for the entire ride, I have been penning this weekly newspaper column since September 2002, which makes this September our tenth anniversary.
Daniel J Vance

Divorce: Dispelling a Myth (part 2)

In a recent column, I began shedding light on what I see as a mountain of research that effectively debunks the established myth that 75 percent of marriages involving a child with a disability end in divorce.
Daniel J Vance

Tim Nugent: Part 2

Last week, I featured 88-year-old Tim Nugent of Champaign, Illinois, who has been the nation's premier advocate over the years helping expand opportunities for all Americans with disabilities.
Daniel J Vance

Learning Disability in Reading Comprehension

For years, Ann Farris of San Francisco, California, tried keeping a secret hidden: she wasn't particularly gifted in comprehending what she read
Daniel J Vance

Attention Deficit Disorder

Back in January, "Brook" was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD), which an Attention Deficit Disorder Association website defines as a neurobiological, often genetically influenced disorder