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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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.”

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. ”

Wesley (18), Blind, Smith County

I don’t tell people I’m blind for starters. I don’t feel like it’s something they need to know. Type one people, when they do find out I’m blind, are just like, “Oh okay.” And then there’s type two, who instantly switch to baby mode, like I’m completely helpless. ”

Alex K (17), Blind, Jefferson County

People clearly treated him differently, and at times, it was very frustrating for Alex because he knew he was the same person he was before his diagnosis. ”

Alex (18), Blind, Fayette County

I look at my disability and still consider myself lucky. I could have had so many other problems, and I just thank God every day.”

Maria (18), Blind, Davidson County

Like any other teenager, she loves her family but eagerly awaits full independence. ”

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. ”

Carol (63), Blind, Davidson County

If the general public only understood that with training and minimal assistance a blind person can live a full life, things would be so much easier for us. It's the attitudes we encounter that make our success more difficult than it should be. ”

Michael (43), Other, Davidson County

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