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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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. ”

Maria (18), Blind, Davidson County

Like any other teenager, she loves her family but eagerly awaits full independence. ”

Lilian (25), Down syndrome, Wilson County

Every father deserves to know what will become of his child once he is no longer able to provide for their needs anymore. ”

Seth (23), Autism, Williamson County

If Seth had waiver services, everything would change. He would have something to look forward to and something to do. ”

Whitney (22), Developmentally Delayed, Coffee County

Debi says she is scared about what is going to happen when she is not around to care for Whitney. ”

Louie (13), Angelman syndrome, Davidson County

We have services now but we pay for everything out of pocket. ”

Mark (42), Autism, Davidson County

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

Darren (40), Other, Montgomery County

I can’t even remember how long we have been on the waiting list. During that time life has just been so hard. I worry all the time. ”

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. ”

John (55), Intellectual Disability, Shelby County

My biggest complaint is that people like us need help. Whenever they [policymakers] go to cut that budget it’s always the people with disabilities who get hurt by it. They’re the ones that need it. They can’t do for themselves. I don’t think that’s right.”

Kaden (1), Other, Loudon County

We have been through a lot of doctors, and we’ve finally found the ones I like. None of them say, “He can’t do this” or “He won’t be able to do that.” None of them have ever said that because I wouldn’t go back to them if they did. ”

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.”

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.”

Adelai (15), Intellectual Disability, Davidson County

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

Kevin (12), Autism, Shelby County

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

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.”

Charlotte (0), Other, Davidson County

Everybody needs to feel a part of something. My daughter is no different.”