Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

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



11 Stories Found

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Results related to: 6 to 13 years / Davidson County

David (7), Autism, Davidson County

The closest school and services in Mexico are a day long drive from where we lived. We would not be able to get the services for David if we went back to Mexico.”

Marina (11), Intellectual Disability, Davidson County

Marina’s time at school is crucial to her daily schedule and to her life in the community. ”

Chioma (10), Autism, Davidson County

My accent should not matter when it comes to getting services for my daughter.”

Kenny (8), Autism, Davidson County

Pero aquí en esto grupo de apoyo puesto ayuda tener fortaleza para entenderlo para comprenderlo pero nos países de uno lo ven como algo y normal, no es normales entonces lo describen a uno raíslan.”

Louie (13), Angelman syndrome, Davidson County

We have services now but we pay for everything out of pocket. ”

Preston (13), Asperger Syndrome, Davidson County

During elementary school, Preston had to switch schools a number of times in a search for appropriate services.”

Emily (11), spina bifida, Davidson County

Lisa and Jeff teach Emily about her diagnoses and medications so that she can be a strong advocate for herself when they are not around.”

Brian (11), Down syndrome, Davidson County

If there won’t be an accurate score, then why should he take an IQ test? We didn’t want a number on the front of his Individualized Education Program (IEP) plan.* We want someone to flip the page and read all about him and not just assume what their expectations should be based on that number.”

Louie (9), Angelman syndrome, Davidson County

My son needs physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Therapy and childcare are expensive and time-consuming. ”

Joey (Age 13), Autism, Davidson County

When Joey was first diagnosed with autism, I came across an article that said children with autism oftentimes grow up with very few friends. That hurt. I look to his school as a place where he can be with others. When he is out of school, I hope we will find new places where he can be with his peers.”

Brooke (Age 7), Epilepsy, Davidson County

Early assessment and intervention combined with a holistic approach to treatment are the things that have made the greatest difference in Brooke’s life.”