Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

A collection of stories from individuals with disabilities, families, friends, and disability service providers in Tennessee


It would be a huge relief to us if we knew for a certainty that a plan was in place and fully funded to take care of our very dear son when we can no longer assume responsibility.

Story: Morgan (38), Autism, Dickson County

I am preparing myself to be a successful author by taking classes at Nashville State, planning new books before writing them, and occasionally meeting with writing coaches one-on-one to improve my...

Story: Leo (21), Autism, Davidson County

Mr. Williams credits GOD for his talent and gives thanks to this mother for opening his heart toward art.

Story: Michael W (49), Blind, Shelby County

Through his work, he can share his talent and help others.

Story: Adam (18), ADHD, Montgomery County

It may take me a while to understand what they are trying to teach, but I can do it.

Story: Patrick (30), Cerebral Palsy, Franklin County

Eddie’s life has been full and filled with rich relationships.

Story: Eddie (73), Cerebral Palsy, Knox County

'I’m a people person,' Michael says as he looks over to his long-time friend Jonathan and smiles, 'but I have to have assistance.'

Story: Michael (42), Cerebral Palsy, Knox County

Even after coping with and recovering from spinal fusion surgery, Steve’s greatest current need is dental care.

Story: Steve (61), Cerebral Palsy, Blount County

He is most worried about being able to retire comfortably, because the extra cost of having a disability is not quite covered by the support he receives from the state alone.

Story: Paul (47), Other, Davidson County

Jackie’s biggest fears concern Koby’s transition into adulthood and his inability to get off of the waiting list sometime soon.

Story: Koby (13), Autism, Henry County



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