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“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 writing.
“Mr. Williams credits GOD for his talent and gives thanks to this mother for opening his heart toward art.”
“Through his work, he can share his talent and help others. ”
“It may take me a while to understand what they are trying to teach, but I can do it.”
“Eddie’s life has been full and filled with rich relationships. ”
“'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.'
“Even after coping with and recovering from spinal fusion surgery, Steve’s greatest current need is dental care.
“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.”
“Jackie’s biggest fears concern Koby’s transition into adulthood and his inability to get off of the waiting list sometime soon.
“My goal was to move here, to Nashville, and become totally independent.”
“I don’t know who I can turn him over to that I can trust.”
“Over time, I started to come out of my depression mode and I started to pursue what I wanted in life.”
“There was no support for children with disabilities at the time of John Mark’s diagnoses.
“People don’t really understand that when you’re taking care of a child with disabilities, you don’t have the same kind of life.
“The secret to true inner peace is to focus on the needs of others.”
“In the future, William aims to coach wheelchair basketball and to be a mentor for children going through situations similar to his.
“I have new friends and new students and I have old friends like Will who I knew a little.”
“People started knowing that I had initiative and worked hard. I stood up for myself and let them know the real me.
“The program teaches me how to live on my own when I am ready to move out of my parents’ house and move into an apartment of my own.”
“My goal is to work hard and try my best, I think. I want to maybe get a job someday.