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: Education / 14 to 21 years

William (18), Cerebral Palsy, Shelby County

In the future, William aims to coach wheelchair basketball and to be a mentor for children going through situations similar to his. ”

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. ”

Jose (16), Autism, Rutherford County

My brother does get more attention, but it doesn’t like bug me as much because I know he’s special. But when I talk to his teachers they’ll be like, 'Well you have to treat him a little bit more normal because if not, he’s not going to get better.'”

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. ”

Lauren (21), Autism, Blount County

Why can’t schools treat people with disabilities like they have a future?”

Grayson (21), Cerebral Palsy, Cumberland County

After a certain point you say this is what we are. Let’s just be a family and let’s just live.”

Adelai (15), Intellectual Disability, Davidson County

In terms of educational instruction, Adelai’s IEP was ignored.”

Adelaide (14), Intellectual Disability, Davidson County

As a strong advocate for justice, Adelaide’s mother believes that there are many improvements that can be made in order to make the lives of children and families of someone with a disability better.”

Morgan (14), Autism, Davidson County

Morgan and Allison each have something unique to offer the world. As parents, we want to do everything we can to help them reach their potential. Our goals for our daughters may be different, but the dream is the same. We want them both to lead happy and fulfilled lives.”

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.”

Laurie (18), Other, Davidson County

It was hard for me to fight for her, when she fought me everyday. ”

Tripp (Age 21), Intellectual Disability, Williamson County

From this point on, I want you to remember that it’s your job to prepare Tripp for the path, because you cannot prepare the path for Tripp. ”

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. ”

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