Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

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



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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. ”

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.”

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.”

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