Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

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



20 Stories Found

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Results related to: 22 to 35 years

Patrick (30), Cerebral Palsy, Franklin County

It may take me a while to understand what they are trying to teach, but I can do it.”

Ryan (29), Autism, Hamilton County

I don’t know who I can turn him over to that I can trust.”

Mario (30), Physical disabilities, Shelby County

Over time, I started to come out of my depression mode and I started to pursue what I wanted in life.”

Matt (23), Down syndrome, Williamson County

I have new friends and new students and I have old friends like Will who I knew a little.”

Carrie (25), Intellectual Disability, Davidson County

I have a lot of friends in the program. We like to hang out. We go to football games, and basketball games, and stuff like that.”

Bud (24), Other, Williamson County

The thing Next Steps has helped me the most with is help me to realize that I have far more potential than I thought I did in terms of finding a job. ”

anonymous (24), Autism, Knox County

...actually receiving what I want, what I’ve asked for. It’s all the difference in the world. ”

Beth (27), Cerebral Palsy, Davidson County

No one is ever going to tell you that they are not going to hire you because you have a disability, but... ”

Patrick (23), Pervasive Developmental Disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), Williamson County

The main goal that Dena has set for Patrick is for him to become as self-sufficient as possible. ”

Lilian (25), Down syndrome, Wilson County

Every father deserves to know what will become of his child once he is no longer able to provide for their needs anymore. ”

Seth (23), Autism, Williamson County

If Seth had waiver services, everything would change. He would have something to look forward to and something to do. ”

Whitney (22), Developmentally Delayed, Coffee County

Debi says she is scared about what is going to happen when she is not around to care for Whitney. ”

Edward (24), Down syndrome, Davidson County

My favorite part of my job is just getting things done and having a smile and having a good attitude. I am a go-getter. ”

Jess (25), Down syndrome, Shelby County

That is probably the biggest worry of any parent who has a child with special needs. You want them to outlive you in one sense, but then you wonder what will happen. ”

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. ”

Ginger (24), Cerebral Palsy, Davidson County

Lots of parents in the rural areas get lost and overwhelmed by the laws and what the rights are.”

Eric (23), Down syndrome, Williamson County

If it doesn’t seem right, I don’t care who’s telling you, if it’s not right, you make it right. You have to make it work. You do whatever you need to do. You need to always understand what your rights are and what your child's rights are, or else you may get short changed.”

Stephanie (28); Jessica (26), Intellectual Disability, Davidson County

In just six years, the girls had eight different special education teachers. By the time they got used to one teacher, they would get new one.”

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. ”

Kimberly (Age 24), Cerebral Palsy, Davidson County

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