Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Disabilities

Blind from birth, Chris Danielson is director of public relations for the 50,000-member National Federation of the Blind, based in Baltimore, the nation’s oldest and largest organization led by blind people.

In a telephone interview, 44-year-old Danielson said, “I grew up an Army brat. We never lived abroad because my parents wanted to make sure I had the best educational opportunities. My dad asked the Army for compassionate treatment because he had what the military called a child with special needs. So he was never posted on foreign soil.”

As for his blindness, Danielson said, “Doctors aren’t exactly sure what I had at birth. Basically, my eyes did not fully develop in utero. I see only a little artificial light now. I can walk into my office and forget to turn the lights on and not realize it for several hours. I believe I can detect sunlight but am not sure.”

The Danielsons settled in South Carolina, where Chris’ parents were determined to give him a “normal” life. Teachers at his first school said Chris would do better at a residential school for the blind, but his parents strongly disagreed. Instead, his parents worked hard to integrate their son into public school. They even queried school districts to learn which ones had experience and success with blind students. He began learning Braille in kindergarten.

He said, “And my parents never kept me from doing things. If my friends were going roller skating, for example, then I was also going roller skating.”

The summer after seventh grade, and during an emotional rough patch due to being the only blind student at school, he attended a camp with other blind children. For the first time, he felt socially connected with others having the same issues and experiences.

His parents’ emphasis on Chris getting a good education and having a “normal” life seemed to pay off. Danielson graduated with a political science degree from Furman University. While there, he had won a national scholarship from the National Federation of the Blind. In law school, he was a law clerk at a large firm, and also for the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee. After law school, he started his own private practice, where he did family law, personal injury, and some low-level criminal defense.

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Blind attorney becomes national advocate

By Daniel Vance

Contributing Columnist

Daniel Vance is originally from this area. He now writes Disabilities by Daniel J. Vance, which is sponsored by Blue Valley Sod and Palmer Bus Service.

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