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Genetic Testing Could Prevent Disability

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Recently, I had quite an experience trying to prevent a disability or two in myself. Several years ago, I found online a genetic testing service and later another similar service

Double Amputee Lives for Yet Another Day

Fri, 7 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

For personal reasons, "Billy" did not want his real name revealed here. He lives in the Midwest as a double-leg, below-knee amputee and has had more brushes with death

Childhood Trauma Leading to Adult Disability

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Many adults with disabilities may have their disabling conditions because of emotional trauma experienced in childhood, said book author

Allyhoos Comfort Young Hospital Patients

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

It all began with her own physical suffering, and through this suffering she has helped heal others.

Harvard Law Grad with Autism Advocates

Sat, 3 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The Washington D.C.-based Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is a nonprofit organization run by and for people on the autism spectrum

College Program for Students With Intellectual Disabilities

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

They have a residential, individualized academic program at Millersville University (Penn.) for students with intellectual disabilities, where students right now are working

Autism Speaks Exec Speaks

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Lorri Unumb of Lexington, South Carolina, is vice president of state government affairs at Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization.

Disability Rights Pioneer Achieving More

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

At year's end, Dave Reynolds of Spokane, Washington, will retire from Inclusion Daily Express, the world's only international disability rights news service

Woman Managing Two Mental Illnesses

Mon, 8 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Madelyn Heslet has been diagnosed by a mental health professional with both a form of bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder.

Woman Fighting Body and Mind

Mon, 1 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

She didn't want her real name used in print. "Mary" reads this column in a small Midwest city, has a physical disability greatly affecting her mobility, and has a mental health diagnosis of severe and recurrent major depressive disorder

Marriage Insight from a Sports Columnist

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Last column, I featured Paul Daugherty, nationally acclaimed Cincinnati Enquirer sports columnist, whose daughter Jillian was born with Down syndrome.

One-Armed Softball Phenom: Part 2

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Recently, you may have read the first of two columns featuring 17-year-old Katelyn Pavey, a one-armed, fastpitch softball phenom

Down Syndrome: Sports Columnist Becomes Advocate

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

As his bio states, Cincinnati Enquirer sports columnist Paul Daugherty has covered five Summer Olympic Games and "nearly every major American sporting event." He earned the AP Best Sports Columnist

One-Armed Softball Star Shines

Tue, 5 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Besides having been born 17 years ago missing her left arm from the elbow down, Katelyn made All-Conference as a junior this year in high school fastpitch softball

Nurse Practitioner Advises on Stroke

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:00:00 PDT

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 800,000 Americans each year experience a stroke, and those strokes "cause more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease."

Eye Doctor Opening People's Eyes

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 PDT

His disability forced a major career change, one that has benefited thousands. Dr. John Shepherd since 2008 has been director of the Weigel Williamson Center for Visual Rehabilitation

Business Executive Fights Dementia

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:00:00 PDT

It was a rough transition for Paulan Gordon of Cincinnati, Ohio. She had been at the

Advocate Providing Dementia Help

Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:00:00 PDT

For ten years, Gary LeBlanc was the caregiver for his father, who had Alzheimer's disease before passing away in 2009.

Raising Awareness for Mental Health

Sun, 22 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT

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 Friends

Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT

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