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: Parent / 6 to 13 years

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. ”

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.”

Morgan (7), Down syndrome, Knox County

Funding from the Family Support program helps to ease some of the financial burden. We are so thankful for the services/activities this has made possible for Morgan.”

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!”

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.”

Meghan (Age 10), Down Syndrome, Rutherford County

I think there are a large number of parents out there with kids with disabilities who are unaware of the services out there.”

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.”