Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

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



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Morgan (38), Autism, Dickson County

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. ”

Leo (21), Autism, Davidson 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 writing. ”

Michael W (49), Blind, Shelby County

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

Adam (18), ADHD, Montgomery County

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

Patrick (30), Cerebral Palsy, Franklin County

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

Eddie (73), Cerebral Palsy, Knox County

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

Michael (42), 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.' ”

Steve (61), Cerebral Palsy, Blount County

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

Paul (47), Other, Davidson 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.”

Koby (13), Autism, Henry County

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

Rhonda (43), Cerebral Palsy, Davidson County

My goal was to move here, to Nashville, and become totally independent.”

Ryan (29), Autism, Hamilton County

I don’t know who I can turn him over to that I can trust.”

Mario (30), Physical disabilities, Shelby County

Over time, I started to come out of my depression mode and I started to pursue what I wanted in life.”

John Mark (54), Intellectual Disability, Madison County

There was no support for children with disabilities at the time of John Mark’s diagnoses. ”

Nolan (5), Other, Cheatham County

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. ”

Bob (52), Other, Blount County

The secret to true inner peace is to focus on the needs of others.”

William (18), Cerebral Palsy, Shelby County

In the future, William aims to coach wheelchair basketball and to be a mentor for children going through situations similar to his. ”

Matt (23), Down syndrome, Williamson County

I have new friends and new students and I have old friends like Will who I knew a little.”

Justin (19), Intellectual Disability, Williamson County

People started knowing that I had initiative and worked hard. I stood up for myself and let them know the real me. ”

Haley (19), Intellectual Disability, Williamson County

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.”

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