Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

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



10 Stories Found

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Results related to: 14 to 21 years / Quality of Life

Adam (18), ADHD, Montgomery County

Through his work, he can share his talent and help others. ”

Justin (19), Intellectual Disability, Williamson County

People started knowing that I had initiative and worked hard. I stood up for myself and let them know the real me. ”

Haley (19), Intellectual Disability, Williamson County

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.”

Danny (19), Intellectual Disability, Davidson County

My goal is to work hard and try my best, I think. I want to maybe get a job someday. ”

Daniel (20), Asperger Syndrome, Rutherford County

The reason that I came to Vanderbilt was to get better, meet new friends, and learn something new.”

Alex K (17), Blind, Jefferson County

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. ”

Maria (18), Blind, Davidson County

Like any other teenager, she loves her family but eagerly awaits full independence. ”

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.”

Laurie (18), Other, Davidson County

It was hard for me to fight for her, when she fought me everyday. ”

Tripp (Age 21), Intellectual Disability, Williamson County

From this point on, I want you to remember that it’s your job to prepare Tripp for the path, because you cannot prepare the path for Tripp. ”

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