Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

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



11 Stories Found

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Kevin (12), Autism, Shelby County

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

Emily (11), spina bifida, Davidson County

Lisa and Jeff teach Emily about her diagnoses and medications so that she can be a strong advocate for herself when they are not around.”

Adelaide (14), Intellectual Disability, Davidson County

As a strong advocate for justice, Adelaide’s mother believes that there are many improvements that can be made in order to make the lives of children and families of someone with a disability better.”

Eric (23), Down syndrome, Williamson County

If it doesn’t seem right, I don’t care who’s telling you, if it’s not right, you make it right. You have to make it work. You do whatever you need to do. You need to always understand what your rights are and what your child's rights are, or else you may get short changed.”

Michael (43), Other, Davidson County

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

Jonah (Deceased), Cerebral Palsy, Davidson County

If more people were able to get to know somebody with a disability, it'd be a big giant step. It changes your life. It's real easy to look away and feel sad and not do anything, but it's another thing to get involved and be real sad and then do something. Then that sadness goes away because you started doing something.”

Kelly (Age 36), Cerebral Palsy, Wilson County

I wish Kelly had been able to stay in school beyond the age of 22, because there was so little available for her once she got out. ”

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.”

Meghan (Age 10), Down Syndrome, Rutherford County

I think there are a large number of parents out there with kids with disabilities who are unaware of the services out there.”

Dylan (age 3), Down Syndrome, Wilson County

There is a deficiency of well-trained special education teachers and general education teachers should be more knowledgeable about disabilities as well.”

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