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  • Father and Son Navigate Autism
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    "Jason" became personally acquainted with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) when his child, "Tommy," was diagnosed at 4. Jason, which wasn't his real name

  • Miraculous Birth and Life of Johnson
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    An argument could be made that the life of 82-year-old Gail Johnson has been a miracle from beginning to end.

  • Brain Injured Volunteer Helping Brain Injured
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Every year at this time, I try featuring a person who shows the spirit of the season in walking the extra mile to help people with disabilities.

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Often Not Believed
    Daniel J. Vance MS, LPC, NCC
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also called Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, had Carl Miller and his doctors, completely baffled for a long while.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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,"

  • 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

  • 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,"

  • Mother Found New Meaning
    Daniel 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 PTSD
    Daniel 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 Syndrome
    Daniel 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 Sclerosis
    Daniel 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 Stroke
    Daniel 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 Vance
    Daniel 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.