Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

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



8 Stories Found

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Results related to: Quality of Life / 36 to 59 years

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.”

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.”

Bob (52), Other, Blount County

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

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.”

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.”

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