Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

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



12 Stories Found

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Results related to: Parent / Davidson County

Marina (11), Intellectual Disability, Davidson County

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

Chioma (10), Autism, Davidson County

My accent should not matter when it comes to getting services for my daughter.”

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. ”

Sharmane (38), Down syndrome, Davidson County

Sharmane is 38 now, and I would love to take her back to those doctors and nurses who told me she wouldn’t be able to accomplish anything, and show them how wrong they were!”

Louie (9), Angelman syndrome, Davidson County

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

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.”

Kora (4), Other, Davidson County

“The public school system is preoccupied with passing the problem down…when it comes to dealing with the educational system, parents must be courageous and willing to battle.””

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.”

Kimberly (Age 24), Cerebral Palsy, Davidson County

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

Joey (Age 13), Autism, Davidson County

When Joey was first diagnosed with autism, I came across an article that said children with autism oftentimes grow up with very few friends. That hurt. I look to his school as a place where he can be with others. When he is out of school, I hope we will find new places where he can be with his peers.”

Brooke (Age 7), Epilepsy, Davidson County

Early assessment and intervention combined with a holistic approach to treatment are the things that have made the greatest difference in Brooke’s life.”