Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

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



14 Stories Found

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Results related to: Autism / Future Concerns

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. ”

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.”

Dylan S (19), Autism, Gibson County

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

Michael (43), Other, Davidson County

My basic hope and prayer is that I outlive my son.”

Morgan (14), Autism, Davidson County

Morgan and Allison each have something unique to offer the world. As parents, we want to do everything we can to help them reach their potential. Our goals for our daughters may be different, but the dream is the same. We want them both to lead happy and fulfilled lives.”

Evan (13), Autism, Davidson County

There is a huge need for teacher training in educating children with autism, and this training is needed both for special education teachers and especially for general education teachers. Also, the State of Tennessee must start helping serve the needs of individuals on the autism spectrum. It is shameful how little our State does to help people on the spectrum to live as full participants in their own communities.”

Dylan (16), Autism, Gibson County

For the last several years I have been unable to keep a job because I have no one to care for him after school, holidays or summer break. My husband works full-time and as of now that is the only income we have to support a family of five. Without my income we have been faced with; utilities, gas, water and phone being cut off. ”

Leisa (51); Grace (17), Autism, Davidson County

Tennessee, you see, is a Southern state governed by legislators who do have time to pass laws granting it legal to take home road kill but leave little for those of us struggling to provide for our children with disAbilities.”

J.T. (Age 18), Autism, Montgomery County

What is helpful to one person with autism is not necessarily workable for another. Therefore, any policy or view that attempts to compartmentalize people with autism may be ineffective. ”

Joey (Age 13), Autism, Davidson County

When Joey was first diagnosed with autism, I came across an article that said children with autism oftentimes grow up with very few friends. That hurt. I look to his school as a place where he can be with others. When he is out of school, I hope we will find new places where he can be with his peers.”

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