Lev Yilmaz

Listen To A Man Read With His Tongue

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Tom DeBaggio, a herb and gardening expert, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in 1999. 1999 File photo/Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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A Decade Of Alzheimer's Devastating Impact

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Is Stem Cell Research Making Progress?

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"Glamorous Gal," a P-51 Mustang. Gemma Watters/NPR hide caption

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Flight Lifts Wounded Warriors From Private Battles

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Michael Patrick Thornton is artistic director and co-founder of Chicago's Gift Theatre Company, and has appeared on ABC's Private Practice. Michael Desmond/ABC hide caption

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Reclaiming Roles: Actors Play Beyond Disabilities

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Spinal Muscular Atrophy 'Doesn't Define Me'

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Mike Kasavich, a lifelong coal miner, exits "the hole" after a 10-hour morning shift at the Mathies coal mine in western Pennsylvania. Black lung disease is increasing among miners, yet they are struggling to get disability reimbursement for the illness. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Black Lung Compensation An Uphill Battle For Miners

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A Life Without Fear

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Steve Kitchin demonstrates his prototype invention. With the touch of a button, he simply backs his wheelchair in, and the elevator-like lift raises it up and slides him into the cab of the truck. Erika Celeste for NPR hide caption

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Quadriplegic Builds His Dream Truck, Business

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These human lung samples show (from left) a normal lung, a lung with mild pneumoconiosis or "black lung" and one with complicated pneumoconiosis. NIOSH hide caption

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The Quiet Deaths Outside The Coal Mines

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Aspiritech, a nonprofit in the suburbs of Chicago, trains people with Asperger's syndrome in data entry and computer program testing — skills that come naturally to many with the disorder. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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For Some Jobs, Asperger's Syndrome Can Be An Asset

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Preventing Diabetes: Small Changes Have Big Payoff

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Intellectually Disabled Student Wins Dorm Suit

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A Special Sister Deserves A Special Big Brother

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