Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

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



18 Stories Found

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Results related to: Employment / Davidson County

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. ”

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.”

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. ”

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.”

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... ”

Pam (56), Muscular dystrophy, Davidson County

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

Mark (42), Autism, Davidson County

I feel like if we got waiver services today it would be like being let out of prison. ”

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. ”

Sharmane (38), Down syndrome, Davidson County

Sharmane’s IQ cannot predict how much she has been able to achieve and learn.”

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.”

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.”

Sharmane (38), Down syndrome, Davidson County

Sharmane is 38 now, and I would love to take her back to those doctors and nurses who told me she wouldn’t be able to accomplish anything, and show them how wrong they were!”

Michael (43), Other, Davidson County

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

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.”

Kimberly (Age 24), Cerebral Palsy, Davidson County

It’s like the state just says, 'OK, you’re 21, we forget about you.'”

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.”