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. ”

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. ”

Ryan (29), Autism, Hamilton County

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

David (7), Autism, Davidson County

The closest school and services in Mexico are a day long drive from where we lived. We would not be able to get the services for David if we went back to Mexico.”

Chioma (10), Autism, Davidson County

My accent should not matter when it comes to getting services for my daughter.”

anonymous (24), Autism, Knox County

...actually receiving what I want, what I’ve asked for. It’s all the difference in the world. ”

Jose (16), Autism, Rutherford County

My brother does get more attention, but it doesn’t like bug me as much because I know he’s special. But when I talk to his teachers they’ll be like, 'Well you have to treat him a little bit more normal because if not, he’s not going to get better.'”

Kenny (8), Autism, Davidson County

Pero aquí en esto grupo de apoyo puesto ayuda tener fortaleza para entenderlo para comprenderlo pero nos países de uno lo ven como algo y normal, no es normales entonces lo describen a uno raíslan.”

Marco (5), Autism, Davidson County

Y él día de hoy, somos una familia como cualquiera, con una perspectiva diferente sobre niños especiales. ”

Rogelio (4), Autism, Davidson County

En la diagnosticaron con autismo desde que lo pasó a tenía muchas terapias y ha progresado mucho. ”

Jackson (4), Autism, Rutherford County

The one service [ABA] that has been deemed “optional” and thus not eligible for coverage is the one service most vital to Jackson’s progress.”

Seth (23), Autism, Williamson County

If Seth had waiver services, everything would change. He would have something to look forward to and something to do. ”

Mark (42), Autism, Davidson County

I feel like if we got waiver services today it would be like being let out of prison. ”

Lauren (21), Autism, Blount County

Why can’t schools treat people with disabilities like they have a future?”

Kevin (12), Autism, Shelby County

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

Deshaun (5), Autism, Williamson County

I don’t think we should just settle for our kids learning how to clean their clothes and cook. I want my son to learn what it is to earn a paycheck, to drive, all that stuff.”

Jake (14), Autism, Putnam County

The key to acceptance is a willingness to be present with Jake, to join Jake on his terms. ”

Nate (13), Autism, Williamson County

Nate served communion. And I saw the true face of God.”

Dylan S (19), Autism, Gibson County

We've been on the wavier list for about 10 years with no help in sight.”