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Disabilities - Daniel J. Vance

  • Be a Friend This Holiday Season
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other year-end holidays approaching, I'm going to put an idea or two right now into your holiday pipe to smoke on.

  • Family Adopts Children with FASD
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    A pregnant woman drinking any amount of alcohol can permanently harm her baby.

  • Volunteers Bring Smiles to Peru
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Though a real estate agent the last 12 years, 52-year-old Kim Hammes used to be employed as a court-appointed guardian for vulnerable adults, including seniors with disabilities

  • Dermatomyositis: Woman Battles Weakness, Rash
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    In 1993, and only two weeks after having given birth to her second child, Becki Lanser of Cary, North Carolina, was experiencing severe muscle weakness and fatigue.

  • Dementia: There Is Life After Diagnosis
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    This wasn't how Robert Bowles of Thomaston, Georgia, wanted to spend his retirement years.

  • Auketts Were Early Ostomy Advocates
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    In a telephone interview, UOAA co-founder, 75-year-old Ken Aukett, of Westmont, New Jersey, had a lot to say about his late wife, Linda, also a UOAA co-founder

  • Wakefield Gets SA Chapters Running
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    My featured person this week, Margery Wakefield, of Lansing, Michigan, has had lifelong struggles with schizophrenia, a mental health disability.

  • Steinbach Tackles Paranoid Schizophrenia
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    He began hearing voices in his head at age 15. It started with hearing a man and a woman. They were good voices.

  • Hoy for the Hall of Fame
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    I guess every year you'll just have to get used to reading about William Elsworth "Dummy" Hoy, a deaf professional baseball player from 1888-1902

  • Rodie Working Towards Paralympic Games
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Jason Rodie of Gilbert, Arizona, has a dream that won't stop. Right now, he's training 35 hours a week to earn a spot on the U.S. Paralympic team competing in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil

  • People with Autism Especially Vulnerable
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Perhaps like you, recently I read of an incident in Okeechobee, Florida, in which an 18-year-old man was recorded on video beating, choking, kicking, and holding a knife to the throat of a 16-year-old boy with autism.

  • Multiple Sclerosis Becomes Counselor's Asset
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    During most of the '70s, Kathe Skinner, now a 65-year-old licensed marriage family therapist in Colorado Springs, Colorado, couldn't figure out what was wrong with her body.

  • Faith Plays Big Role with Mom
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Every now and then, a person featured here attributes faith as pivotal in their being able to cope with disability-one in themselves or family members.

  • Teen with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Becomes Advocate
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    After my infant and toddler years in Mt. Orab, Ohio, I grew up reading the Georgetown (Oh.) News Democrat. This week, I feature a person from Mt. Orab

  • Adoption Involving Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Laura Bloch adored his picture. "My husband and I had just been approved through an adoption agency and the agency sent out a letter with a picture of a child on it,"

  • Traumatic Brain Injury Was Devastating
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Four days after getting his driver's license at age 16 in 1975, Todd Bode was coaxed into joining his big brother on a road trip. The hook was that Bode would be allowed to drive.

  • Anxiety Over Matching the American Ideal
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Not long ago, I had an interesting telephone conversation with a reader in another state concerning what he thought was a physical abnormality. This may seem strange to call

  • Wife Learns About Dementia Firsthand
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    I began noticing something wasn't right in 2006," said 67-year-old Linda Buytendorp of Crawfordville, Florida, "but I was in denial and so was my husband. I told him he needed to see a doctor

  • Californian with MCS has Amazing Turnaround
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    In February, I featured here Mario Casella, a Californian fighting the ultimate battle against liver disease, which he had because of poor lifestyle choices years ago, and multiple chemical sensitivity

  • Fashion Designer for Wheelchair Users
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    For Izzy Camilleri, the journey to becoming a top fashion designer for people with disabilities began after befriending Barbara Turnbull, also of Toronto, Canada, who was a wheelchair-using quadriplegic

  • Georgian Caught Between Two Cultures
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Gary Frazier and I have known each other about ten years. From Milledgeville, Georgia, he reads this column nearly every week and emails comments a couple times a year.

  • Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding and Communication Important
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    In 2011, Jeff Gallatin, began the process of grieving after the passing of his 72-year-old mother Carol, who had chronic progressive multiple sclerosis.

  • ADD Presents Challenge for Ray
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Jeremiah Ray was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) in second grade. Like many people with ADD, he shows symptoms of inattention

  • Many Homeless Have Mental Illness
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    First, it's impossible for anyone to determine, with absolute certainty, the number of homeless Americans with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders. These good people don't wear name tags

  • JRA Not Holding Back Stolberg
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Sharon Stolberg acquired JRA at age 19 months. As a child, she went from walking in braces to using a cane and then crutches to using a wheelchair by age seven. At age 11, her disease flared-up to the point she couldn't attend school for a year.

  • Disabilities: Luongo Has Miracle Surgery
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    On Good Friday 2013, then 39-year-old Nicole Luongo of Plantation, Florida, took a step of faith. She'd had cerebral palsy since birth, had significant difficulty walking her entire life

  • Secondary Conditions Worsen Disability
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    A person with a disability often has more to deal with than just his or her disability. According to a study in an American Journal of Public Health and involving 2075 respondents

  • Legless Man Considers Himself Lucky
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    When I first interviewed John Tartaglio years ago, he had just been on The Opray Winfrey Show. He went on to appear on her show two more times. Soon, he will appear on the Fox News show Hannity as the first person

  • Do You Know Someone with PTSD?
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    From statements heard over the last decade in public, I believe I'm safe in saying a majority of Americans, if asked, would say posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects mostly men that served in the military under life-threatening conditions.Nothing could be further from the truth.

  • ReelAbilities Film Festival Blooms
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    The ReelAbilities Film Festival is the world's largest event promoting awareness and appreciation of juried international films that share the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities.

  • Disabilities Book Aims To Reach Christian Leadership
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Last week, I interviewed a young lady with autism over email because she felt more comfortable with that method of communication. For a similar reason, this week, I interviewed via email Tait Berge of

  • Teen Helps Others with Autism
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Rather than be interviewed over the telephone for this column, 17-year-old Meghan Rodo of Reisterstown, Maryland, chose email.

  • Casella Not Ready to Give Up
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Mario Casella sleeps outside under the stars in Texas, getting through the night in a sleeping bag and doing what he can to survive.

  • YouTube Basketball Sensation Shines
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Kevin Grow of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, has been the talk of his town. In a high school basketball game against the Neshaminy Redskins, 18-year-old Grow led his Bensalem Owls

  • Tada Sings Oscar Nominated Song, Doesn't
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    The movie Alone Yet Not Alone chronicles the true, faith-filled story of Regina and Barbara Leininger surviving the eighteenth-century French and Indian War.

  • 43 Year Old with Schizophrenia Persevering
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    He advised people with schizophrenia: "You can get through it. Where you are at now doesn't have to be that way forever."

  • Does Disability Make a Person Less Valuable?
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Lately, I have had a couple of eye-opening experiences about disability. For one, while looking up a number of dictionary definitions for spina bifida, I noticed each called the condition

  • College Student with Two Disabilities
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Lately, Daphne Frieden has felt she should have earned better grades last semester while majoring in elementary education at

  • College President Offers Disability Advice
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    You could say Dr. Richard Davenport, has a great deal of personal experience with and an open mind toward people with disabilities, especially communication disorders, such as stuttering, and also voice challenges caused

  • Lehrer Becomes Internationally Known Artist
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Riva Lehrer and I are the same age and grew up only three miles apart in Cincinnati. Yet our school experiences differed greatly."When our school bus went down the street, people often would scream at us,"