Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

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



13 Stories Found

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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. ”

Matt (23), Down syndrome, Williamson County

I have new friends and new students and I have old friends like Will who I knew a little.”

Justin (19), Intellectual Disability, Williamson County

People started knowing that I had initiative and worked hard. I stood up for myself and let them know the real me. ”

Haley (19), Intellectual Disability, Williamson County

The program teaches me how to live on my own when I am ready to move out of my parents’ house and move into an apartment of my own.”

Danny (19), Intellectual Disability, Davidson County

My goal is to work hard and try my best, I think. I want to maybe get a job someday. ”

Daniel (20), Asperger Syndrome, Rutherford County

The reason that I came to Vanderbilt was to get better, meet new friends, and learn something new.”

Carrie (25), Intellectual Disability, Davidson County

I have a lot of friends in the program. We like to hang out. We go to football games, and basketball games, and stuff like that.”

Bud (24), Other, Williamson County

The thing Next Steps has helped me the most with is help me to realize that I have far more potential than I thought I did in terms of finding a job. ”

Edward (24), Down syndrome, Davidson County

My favorite part of my job is just getting things done and having a smile and having a good attitude. I am a go-getter. ”

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. ”

Deborah (42), Cerebral Palsy, Shelby County

There’s not too much for people with disabilities to do in Memphis. To me, I think it could be better. ”

Kelly S (50), Traumatic Brain Injury, Robertson County

The powers that were, at the time, suggested I couldn't be a massage therapist because of my brain injury.”

Frank (33), Traumatic Brain Injury, Davidson County

Frank always credits the various state and federal programs that have supported him on his new path; the Americans with Disabilities Act, Social Security, Vocational Rehabilitation, Disabled Student Services, and the Federal Workforce Recruitment Program.”

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