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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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. ”

Darren (40), Other, Montgomery County

I can’t even remember how long we have been on the waiting list. During that time life has just been so hard. I worry all the time. ”

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.”

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. ”

Margo (27), Katherine Ann (25), developmentally delayed, Shelby County

I am not a planner but my sister and my niece wish that I was since they might be guardians one day. I must plan for the future care of my daughters. This is very hard for me. ”

Cassidy (13), Other, Shelby County

It is easy to feel alone.”

Jake (14), Autism, Putnam County

The key to acceptance is a willingness to be present with Jake, to join Jake on his terms. ”

Tree (5), Autism, Shelby County

Being the parent of children without autism, Tree challenged everything I knew of behavior, understanding, discipline, and development in children.”

Myles (4), Autism, Shelby County

Our life is all about therapies, not play- dates.”

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!”

Damion (29), Intellectual Disability, Lincoln County

I have a husband who is really sick and he would try and take care of Damion while I worked. ”

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.”

Mitchell (17), Other, Maury County

Our family is in need of caregiver supports. I am a single mom and cannot afford to pay for someone to care for my son. My teenage daughter has been his caregiver. This is not fair to her. ”

Dylan (16), Autism, Gibson County

For the last several years I have been unable to keep a job because I have no one to care for him after school, holidays or summer break. My husband works full-time and as of now that is the only income we have to support a family of five. Without my income we have been faced with; utilities, gas, water and phone being cut off. ”

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!”

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.””