A collection of stories from individuals with disabilities, families, friends, and disability service providers in Tennessee
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“Through his work, he can share his talent and help others. ”
“In the future, William aims to coach wheelchair basketball and to be a mentor for children going through situations similar to his.
“People started knowing that I had initiative and worked hard. I stood up for myself and let them know the real me.
“The program teaches me how to live on my own when I am ready to move out of my parents’ house and move into an apartment of my own.”
“My goal is to work hard and try my best, I think. I want to maybe get a job someday.
“The reason that I came to Vanderbilt was to get better, meet new friends, and learn something new.”
“Stephen is confident that he will find a job, but one of his biggest concerns is being turned down simply because of his vision impairment.
“She describes public school as a place that she went, accomplished her tasks, and hurried home. Wistfully, she explained the isolation she felt through her lack of participation in extra-curricular activities.
“I don’t tell people I’m blind for starters. I don’t feel like it’s something they need to know. Type one people, when they do find out I’m blind, are just like, “Oh okay.” And then there’s type two, who instantly switch to baby mode, like I’m completely
“People clearly treated him differently, and at times, it was very frustrating for Alex because he knew he was the same person he was before his diagnosis.
“Un diferente cosa aquí en los Estados Unidos, es de los sordos están mejores que en de donde vive. Y por eso, no me ha regresado porque los sordos aquí son mucho mejores que en México. Y viven mucho mejor.
“My brother does get more attention, but it doesn’t like bug me as much because I know he’s special. But when I talk to his teachers they’ll be like, 'Well you have to treat him a little bit more normal because if not, he’s not going to get better.'”
“I look at my disability and still consider myself lucky. I could have had so many other problems, and I just thank God every day.”
“Like any other teenager, she loves her family but eagerly awaits full independence.
“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.
“Why can’t schools treat people with disabilities like they have a future?”
“After a certain point you say this is what we are. Let’s just be a family and let’s just live.”
“There seems to be resources out there but unless you are lucky enough to have some other parent tell you, you will go for years without knowing what is available.”
“In terms of educational instruction, Adelai’s IEP was ignored.”
“The key to acceptance is a willingness to be present with Jake, to join Jake on his terms.