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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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.' ”

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. ”

Patrick (23), Pervasive Developmental Disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), Williamson County

The main goal that Dena has set for Patrick is for him to become as self-sufficient as possible. ”

Margo (27), Katherine Ann (25), developmentally delayed, Shelby County

I am not a planner but my sister and my niece wish that I was since they might be guardians one day. I must plan for the future care of my daughters. This is very hard for me. ”

Sharmane (38), Down syndrome, Davidson County

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

Ginger (24), Cerebral Palsy, Davidson County

Lots of parents in the rural areas get lost and overwhelmed by the laws and what the rights are.”

Preston (13), Asperger Syndrome, Davidson County

During elementary school, Preston had to switch schools a number of times in a search for appropriate services.”

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.”

Deshaun (5), Autism, Williamson County

I don’t think we should just settle for our kids learning how to clean their clothes and cook. I want my son to learn what it is to earn a paycheck, to drive, all that stuff.”

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.”

Terry (45), Intellectual Disability, Sumner County

We only found out when my mother died and my brother came to Nashville to live with my brother that he had an intellectual disability. ”

Leisa (51); Grace (17), Autism, Davidson County

Tennessee, you see, is a Southern state governed by legislators who do have time to pass laws granting it legal to take home road kill but leave little for those of us struggling to provide for our children with disAbilities.”

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. ”

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.”