Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

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



16 Stories Found

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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. ”

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.”

Lilian (25), Down syndrome, Wilson County

Every father deserves to know what will become of his child once he is no longer able to provide for their needs anymore. ”

Christian (0), Tessier cleft lip and palate, Cannon County

Anything that I can do to make Christian's life better, I want to do.”

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.”

Jessie (8), CHARGE Syndrome, Rutherford County

In the community and their social circles, Angie feels that Jesse is generally accepted. They are well-supported through their church community and by other homeschooling families who take all three children to home school PE so Angie has a few hours free. ”

Jeff (47), Cerebral Palsy, Davidson County

If my son had been in a regular school system…he might be able to do some things he can’t do now.”

Michael (43), Other, Davidson County

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

Stephanie (28); Jessica (26), Intellectual Disability, Davidson County

In just six years, the girls had eight different special education teachers. By the time they got used to one teacher, they would get new one.”

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.”

Rachel (17), Down syndrome, Davidson County

I wish there was more research on what happens to individuals with a disability once they become adults. It is not very clear what is to be expected after their twenties, and this lack of clarity leaves many families in the dark and scared for their child’s future.”

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.”

Brian (11), Down syndrome, Davidson County

If there won’t be an accurate score, then why should he take an IQ test? We didn’t want a number on the front of his Individualized Education Program (IEP) plan.* We want someone to flip the page and read all about him and not just assume what their expectations should be based on that number.”

Jake (0), Traumatic Brain Injury, Davidson County

I just want my son to have the opportunity to decide among any options that anyone else would have—sports, college, girlfriend, friends, and the list goes on.”

Kora (4), CHARGE Syndrome, Davidson County

The public school system is preoccupied with passing the problem down…when it comes to dealing with the educational system, parents must be courageous and willing to battle. ”

Kora (4), Other, Davidson County

“The public school system is preoccupied with passing the problem down…when it comes to dealing with the educational system, parents must be courageous and willing to battle.””

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