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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Results related to: Shelby County

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.”

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.”

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. ”

Stephen (17), Blind, Shelby County

Stephen is confident that he will find a job, but one of his biggest concerns is being turned down simply because of his vision impairment. ”

Elizabeth (18), Blind, Shelby County

She describes public school as a place that she went, accomplished her tasks, and hurried home. Wistfully, she explained the isolation she felt through her lack of participation in extra-curricular activities. ”

Christopher (18), Cerebral Palsy, Shelby County

It’s overwhelming to go to the school, and feel like you have to get down on your hands and knees and beg for services you know your children should have. ”

Jess (25), Down syndrome, Shelby County

That is probably the biggest worry of any parent who has a child with special needs. You want them to outlive you in one sense, but then you wonder what will happen. ”

John (55), Intellectual Disability, Shelby County

My biggest complaint is that people like us need help. Whenever they [policymakers] go to cut that budget it’s always the people with disabilities who get hurt by it. They’re the ones that need it. They can’t do for themselves. I don’t think that’s right.”

Danny (55), Other, Shelby County

With him [Danny] being 55-years-old, it’s not like it was when he was born. Now, there’s help. There are programs and suggestions, but when he was born there was nothing.”

Margo (27), Katherine Ann (25), developmentally delayed, Shelby County

I am not a planner but my sister and my niece wish that I was since they might be guardians one day. I must plan for the future care of my daughters. This is very hard for me. ”

Cassidy (13), Other, Shelby County

It is easy to feel alone.”

Deborah (42), Cerebral Palsy, Shelby County

There’s not too much for people with disabilities to do in Memphis. To me, I think it could be better. ”

Kevin (12), Autism, Shelby County

Kevin is looking forward to working just like anyone else.”

Tree (5), Autism, Shelby County

Being the parent of children without autism, Tree challenged everything I knew of behavior, understanding, discipline, and development in children.”

Myles (4), Autism, Shelby County

Our life is all about therapies, not play- dates.”

Thomas (13), Other, Shelby County

Thomas does not fit into any of the IDEA categories, so he receives insufficient school services.”