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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Ryan (29), Autism, Hamilton County

I don’t know who I can turn him over to that I can trust.”

John Mark (54), Intellectual Disability, Madison County

There was no support for children with disabilities at the time of John Mark’s diagnoses. ”

Sharmane (38), Down syndrome, Davidson County

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

Kevin (12), Autism, Shelby County

Kevin is looking forward to working just like anyone else.”

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.”

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.”

Matthew (11) John Michael (7), Other, Dickson County

Because the disability is part neurological and part developmental, it’s a piece of a lot of different puzzles. I don’t think that anyone has really studied it enough to know what it is.”

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.”

Kelly (Age 36), Cerebral Palsy, Wilson County

I wish Kelly had been able to stay in school beyond the age of 22, because there was so little available for her once she got out. ”

Kimberly (Age 24), Cerebral Palsy, Davidson County

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

J.T. (Age 18), Autism, Montgomery County

What is helpful to one person with autism is not necessarily workable for another. Therefore, any policy or view that attempts to compartmentalize people with autism may be ineffective. ”

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.”

Meghan (Age 10), Down Syndrome, Rutherford County

I think there are a large number of parents out there with kids with disabilities who are unaware of the services out there.”

Dylan (age 3), Down Syndrome, Wilson County

There is a deficiency of well-trained special education teachers and general education teachers should be more knowledgeable about disabilities as well.”

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