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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Results related to: Cerebral Palsy

Patrick (30), Cerebral Palsy, Franklin County

It may take me a while to understand what they are trying to teach, but I can do it.”

Eddie (73), Cerebral Palsy, Knox County

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

Michael (42), Cerebral Palsy, Knox County

'I’m a people person,' Michael says as he looks over to his long-time friend Jonathan and smiles, 'but I have to have assistance.' ”

Steve (61), Cerebral Palsy, Blount County

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

Rhonda (43), Cerebral Palsy, Davidson County

My goal was to move here, to Nashville, and become totally independent.”

William (18), Cerebral Palsy, Shelby County

In the future, William aims to coach wheelchair basketball and to be a mentor for children going through situations similar to his. ”

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... ”

Christopher (18), Cerebral Palsy, Shelby County

It’s overwhelming to go to the school, and feel like you have to get down on your hands and knees and beg for services you know your children should have. ”

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.”

Deborah (42), Cerebral Palsy, Shelby County

There’s not too much for people with disabilities to do in Memphis. To me, I think it could be better. ”

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.”

Jeff (47), Cerebral Palsy, Davidson County

If my son had been in a regular school system…he might be able to do some things he can’t do now.”

Jonah (Deceased), Cerebral Palsy, Davidson County

If more people were able to get to know somebody with a disability, it'd be a big giant step. It changes your life. It's real easy to look away and feel sad and not do anything, but it's another thing to get involved and be real sad and then do something. Then that sadness goes away because you started doing something.”

Kelly (Age 36), Cerebral Palsy, Wilson County

I wish Kelly had been able to stay in school beyond the age of 22, because there was so little available for her once she got out. ”

Kimberly (Age 24), Cerebral Palsy, Davidson County

It’s like the state just says, 'OK, you’re 21, we forget about you.'”