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Disabilities - Daniel J. Vance

  • Raising Awareness for Mental HealthDaniel J. Vance MS, LPCC
    In the U.S., the month of May is (or was, depending on when your newspaper publishes this column) "Mental Health Awareness Month."

  • Quadriplegic Sought Help From FriendsDaniel J. Vance MS, LPCC
    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

  • Parent Has Twin Daughters with Cerebral PalsyDaniel J. Vance MS, LPCC
    Jon Ebersole believes his 24-year-old twin daughters' shared disability, cerebral palsy, created at times a challenging experience for him

  • Creating More Inclusive Zoos and MuseumsDaniel J. Vance MS, LPCC
    Not long last week after featuring a 35-year-old man named "Tony" (a pseudonym), who became legally blind at birth due to retinopathy of prematurity (ROP),

  • Blind Friend Caught in the WebDaniel J. Vance MS, LPCC
    My friend, who I'll call Tony (a pseudonym), age 35, said he had been able as a child to see shapes and colors, but now could sense only light

  • 86-Year-Old Advocating for Ostomy PatientsDaniel J. Vance MS, LPCC
    Even after all these years, 86-year-old Ellen Boldt keeps on trucking as an advocate for Americans that have had an ostomy

  • Antonino: You Can't Be LimitedDaniel J. Vance MS, LPCC
    I enjoyed talking with Steve Antonino of New York City. At 29, he has muscular dystrophy, uses a power wheelchair to get around

  • Volunteers Raising Dogs for People with DisabilitiesDaniel J. Vance MS, LPCC
    She grew up with disability being part of her life. Christina Montalbano, 24, of Middletown, New Jersey, said in a telephone interview

  • Positive Family and Friends Helping BlockDaniel J. Vance MS, LPCC
    On April 2, 2013, Robyn Block and a friend, went skiing at Lutsen Mountain not far from the Canadian border near Lake Superior

  • Hendrickson Reconciles Disability and FaithDaniel J. Vance MS, LPCC
    Over the years, I've interviewed many people who had some challenges reconciling their intense struggles associated with acquiring and having a disability along with their faith

  • Trailblazer for Blind: Dr. Kenneth Jernigan Daniel J. Vance MS, LPCC
    Roseville, CA- This is that column held in reserve more than a decade, the one I'd always envisioned writing but wouldn't until now.

  • Adragna Lost Both Legs, Gained EmpathyDaniel J. Vance MS, LPCC
    Roseville, CA- Christmas Eve 1995 was a day Dan Adragna of Sacramento, California, would rather forget. He was only 30, but a diabetic.

  • Theater Critic Becomes Disability BoosterDaniel J. Vance MS, LPCC
    What young Joshua had would have concerned any mother. What arose from their experience has benefited many people with disabilities.

  • Motorcycle Accident Survivor Reaching OutDaniel J. Vance MS, LPCC
    In mid-summer 1970, Don Bania had just graduated from high school and was working at his father's service station in downtown

  • NY Reader Has Life Beyond MS Daniel J. Vance MS, LPCC
    A column I wrote weeks ago about the Service Dog Project (and its Great Danes) prompted responses from two Niagara-Wheatfield (NY) Tribune readers

  • Loretta Claiborne: RevisitedDaniel J. Vance MS, LPCC
    Roseville, CA - Last week, I began telling you about Loretta Claiborne, an African American who was born poor, partially blind, and with an intellectual disability.

  • Newspaper Expert Enjoys Son with AutismDaniel J. Vance MS, LPCC
    Ken Blum is nationally known as an expert in the community newspaper industry and regularly writes about industry issues

  • Mayor with ALS Gets SupportDaniel J. Vance MS, LPCC
    Starting about two years ago, Binka Schwan, of Carefree, Arizona, couldn't figure out what was happening physically to her now 69-year-old husband, David

  • Georgian Caught Between Two CulturesDaniel 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 ImportantDaniel 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 RayDaniel 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 IllnessDaniel 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 StolbergDaniel 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 SurgeryDaniel 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 DisabilityDaniel 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 LuckyDaniel 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 BloomsDaniel 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 LeadershipDaniel 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 AutismDaniel 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 UpDaniel 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 ShinesDaniel 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'tDaniel 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 PerseveringDaniel 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 DisabilitiesDaniel 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 AdviceDaniel 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 ArtistDaniel 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,"

  • Mother Found New MeaningDaniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    17-year-old Alisha Pierce suddenly came down with a cold, then a fever, caught viral pneumonia, and passed away inside two days. More than three years later, her mother, Shawn Pierce, still remembers her daughter with cerebral palsy.

  • A personal experience with PTSDDaniel J Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Since 1966, I have lived with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And, after all these years, I now have learned firsthand the difficult decision many people with mental illness face

  • Mom copes with Fetal Alcohol SyndromeDaniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    I won't mention her real name because "Amanda" dearly wants to protect her son, "Brent," who was born with fetal alcohol syndrome.

  • Primary Lateral SclerosisDaniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Pat Croom reads this column in the New Bern (NC) Sun Journal. Not long ago, like so many others, she responded to my request asking readers to send in their personal stories about disability

  • Vasculitis and StrokeDaniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute website defines “vasculitis” as a fairly rare auto-immune disorder involving blood vessel inflammation that narrows, closes, or weakens certain vessels, potentially causing a number of serious complications.

  • Spina Bifida - Abigail VanceDaniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    My 12-year-old daughter, who was born with a permanent disability, is one reason I write this column. For this week only, I've decided to let her take over my job of writing. So here is what she has to say in my place.