Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

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



24 Stories Found

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Michael W (49), Blind, Shelby County

Mr. Williams credits GOD for his talent and gives thanks to this mother for opening his heart toward art.”

Adam (18), ADHD, Montgomery County

Through his work, he can share his talent and help others. ”

Eddie (73), Cerebral Palsy, Knox County

Eddie’s life has been full and filled with rich relationships. ”

Steve (61), Cerebral Palsy, Blount County

Even after coping with and recovering from spinal fusion surgery, Steve’s greatest current need is dental care. ”

Paul (47), Other, Davidson County

He is most worried about being able to retire comfortably, because the extra cost of having a disability is not quite covered by the support he receives from the state alone.”

Nolan (5), Other, Cheatham County

People don’t really understand that when you’re taking care of a child with disabilities, you don’t have the same kind of life. ”

Bob (52), Other, Blount County

The secret to true inner peace is to focus on the needs of others.”

Matt (23), Down syndrome, Williamson County

I have new friends and new students and I have old friends like Will who I knew a little.”

Justin (19), Intellectual Disability, Williamson County

People started knowing that I had initiative and worked hard. I stood up for myself and let them know the real me. ”

Haley (19), Intellectual Disability, Williamson County

The program teaches me how to live on my own when I am ready to move out of my parents’ house and move into an apartment of my own.”

Danny (19), Intellectual Disability, Davidson County

My goal is to work hard and try my best, I think. I want to maybe get a job someday. ”

Daniel (20), Asperger Syndrome, Rutherford County

The reason that I came to Vanderbilt was to get better, meet new friends, and learn something new.”

Carrie (25), Intellectual Disability, Davidson County

I have a lot of friends in the program. We like to hang out. We go to football games, and basketball games, and stuff like that.”

Bud (24), Other, Williamson County

The thing Next Steps has helped me the most with is help me to realize that I have far more potential than I thought I did in terms of finding a job. ”

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. ”

Beth (27), Cerebral Palsy, Davidson County

No one is ever going to tell you that they are not going to hire you because you have a disability, but... ”

Maria (18), Blind, Davidson County

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

Pam (56), Muscular dystrophy, Davidson County

Like many of us, Pam’s independence is the most important thing to her. ”

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.”

Danny (55), Other, Shelby County

With him [Danny] being 55-years-old, it’s not like it was when he was born. Now, there’s help. There are programs and suggestions, but when he was born there was nothing.”