Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

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



15 Stories Found

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Eddie (73), Cerebral Palsy, Knox County

Eddie’s life has been full and filled with rich relationships. ”

Michael (42), Cerebral Palsy, Knox County

'I’m a people person,' Michael says as he looks over to his long-time friend Jonathan and smiles, 'but I have to have assistance.' ”

Steve (61), Cerebral Palsy, Blount County

Even after coping with and recovering from spinal fusion surgery, Steve’s greatest current need is dental care. ”

Paul (47), Other, Davidson County

He is most worried about being able to retire comfortably, because the extra cost of having a disability is not quite covered by the support he receives from the state alone.”

Rhonda (43), Cerebral Palsy, Davidson County

My goal was to move here, to Nashville, and become totally independent.”

Mario (30), Physical disabilities, Shelby County

Over time, I started to come out of my depression mode and I started to pursue what I wanted in life.”

Bob (52), Other, Blount County

The secret to true inner peace is to focus on the needs of others.”

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. ”

Beth (27), Cerebral Palsy, Davidson County

No one is ever going to tell you that they are not going to hire you because you have a disability, but... ”

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. ”

Pam (56), Muscular dystrophy, Davidson County

Like many of us, Pam’s independence is the most important thing to her. ”