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: 36 to 59 years / Davidson County

Paul (47), Other, Davidson County

He is most worried about being able to retire comfortably, because the extra cost of having a disability is not quite covered by the support he receives from the state alone.”

Rhonda (43), Cerebral Palsy, Davidson County

My goal was to move here, to Nashville, and become totally independent.”

Pam (56), Muscular dystrophy, Davidson County

Like many of us, Pam’s independence is the most important thing to her. ”

Mark (42), Autism, Davidson County

I feel like if we got waiver services today it would be like being let out of prison. ”

Sharmane (38), Down syndrome, Davidson County

Sharmane’s IQ cannot predict how much she has been able to achieve and learn.”

Frank (33), Traumatic Brain Injury, Davidson County

Frank always credits the various state and federal programs that have supported him on his new path; the Americans with Disabilities Act, Social Security, Vocational Rehabilitation, Disabled Student Services, and the Federal Workforce Recruitment Program.”

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!”

Jeff (47), Cerebral Palsy, Davidson County

If my son had been in a regular school system…he might be able to do some things he can’t do now.”

Michael (43), Other, Davidson County

My basic hope and prayer is that I outlive my son.”

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.”