Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

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



13 Stories Found

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Results related to: Family / 6 to 13 years

Koby (13), Autism, Henry County

Jackie’s biggest fears concern Koby’s transition into adulthood and his inability to get off of the waiting list sometime soon. ”

David (7), Autism, Davidson County

The closest school and services in Mexico are a day long drive from where we lived. We would not be able to get the services for David if we went back to Mexico.”

Marina (11), Intellectual Disability, Davidson County

Marina’s time at school is crucial to her daily schedule and to her life in the community. ”

Louie (13), Angelman syndrome, Davidson County

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

Joshua (8), Other, Hamilton County

I don’t want to burden Joshua, but at the same time I want him to know he is a part of his success story. ”

Cassidy (13), Other, Shelby County

It is easy to feel alone.”

Jessie (8), CHARGE Syndrome, Rutherford County

In the community and their social circles, Angie feels that Jesse is generally accepted. They are well-supported through their church community and by other homeschooling families who take all three children to home school PE so Angie has a few hours free. ”

Evan (13), Autism, Davidson County

There is a huge need for teacher training in educating children with autism, and this training is needed both for special education teachers and especially for general education teachers. Also, the State of Tennessee must start helping serve the needs of individuals on the autism spectrum. It is shameful how little our State does to help people on the spectrum to live as full participants in their own communities.”

Brian (11), Down syndrome, Davidson County

If there won’t be an accurate score, then why should he take an IQ test? We didn’t want a number on the front of his Individualized Education Program (IEP) plan.* We want someone to flip the page and read all about him and not just assume what their expectations should be based on that number.”

Thomas (13), Other, Shelby County

Thomas does not fit into any of the IDEA categories, so he receives insufficient school services.”

Diego (9), Autism, Montgomery County

There should be strict laws for the day care centers to protect my child from being turned down because he has a disability.”

Louie (9), Angelman syndrome, Davidson County

My son needs physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Therapy and childcare are expensive and time-consuming. ”

Nicholas (6), Autism, Maury County

I wouldn't trade my little boy for anything!”

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