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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GCPS and Turner Syndrome

“Tina” has been a mother of two children with rare disabilities, and prefers anonymity to protect her children's identities. Living near Phoenix, Arizona, she reads “Disabilities” in The Desert Advocate.
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Pete and Liz Fordred

In March 1982, Pete and Liz Fordred began an incredible 18-month sailing adventure across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to Florida. They sailed by themselves as paraplegics,
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Depression

Jerry Bambery owns five fast food restaurants that grossed more than $12 million in combined sales last year. He agreed to this interview because he wants more people talking about major depression.
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Florida editor has dyslexia

Paula Nelson of Tampa, Florida, reads and spells words for a living. She is the special sections editor of the 20,000-circulation daily Hernando Today, which publishes this column. Nelson's occupational choice is striking,
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Elderly with disabilities

The 2000 U.S. Census reported that 14 million Americans over age 65 had either a mental, physical, sensory, self-care or mobility disability. As for Stone Harbor, New Jersey, U.S. Postal Service Letter
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Matt Sechrist, spina bifida

Twelve-year-old Matt Sechrist lives near Gettysburg, Penn., and his goal is to earn a spot on his high school wrestling team. What makes his story unique is that he was born with spina bifida, and also has had both legs amputated below the knees.
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Multiple Sclerosis

Forty-year-old Tom Stewart and his little dog had quite a scare recently.
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Multiple Sclerosis

Forty-year-old Tom Stewart and his little dog had quite a scare recently.“I was just going down to the convenience station in my electric wheelchair to get something to eat,” he said in a telephone interview from his apartment in a Midwestern state.
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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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Dave Dravecky (Part 1)

It was one of baseball's greatest moments: San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky surviving cancer surgery in his throwing arm and only a year later in August 1989 in a miraculous comeback bid pitching seven flawless innings against the Cincinnati Reds.