Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

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



9 Stories Found

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Results related to: 36 to 59 years / Education

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.”

John Mark (54), Intellectual Disability, Madison County

There was no support for children with disabilities at the time of John Mark’s diagnoses. ”

Mark (42), Autism, Davidson County

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

Danny (55), Other, Shelby County

With him [Danny] being 55-years-old, it’s not like it was when he was born. Now, there’s help. There are programs and suggestions, but when he was born there was nothing.”

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.”

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.”

Kelly (Age 36), Cerebral Palsy, Wilson County

I wish Kelly had been able to stay in school beyond the age of 22, because there was so little available for her once she got out. ”

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