Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

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



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Morgan (38), Autism, Dickson County

It would be a huge relief to us if we knew for a certainty that a plan was in place and fully funded to take care of our very dear son when we can no longer assume responsibility. ”

Koby (13), Autism, Henry County

Jackie’s biggest fears concern Koby’s transition into adulthood and his inability to get off of the waiting list sometime soon. ”

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. ”

Louie (13), Angelman syndrome, Davidson County

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

Mark (42), Autism, Davidson County

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

Darren (40), Other, Montgomery County

I can’t even remember how long we have been on the waiting list. During that time life has just been so hard. I worry all the time. ”

Dylan S (19), Autism, Gibson County

We've been on the wavier list for about 10 years with no help in sight.”

Amanda (21), Other, Weakley County

The state of Tennessee should be ashamed that its most vulnerable citizens are considered unworthy of care and services. ”

Thomas (13), Other, Shelby County

Thomas does not fit into any of the IDEA categories, so he receives insufficient school services.”

Diego (9), Autism, Montgomery County

There should be strict laws for the day care centers to protect my child from being turned down because he has a disability.”

Mitchell (17), Other, Maury County

Our family is in need of caregiver supports. I am a single mom and cannot afford to pay for someone to care for my son. My teenage daughter has been his caregiver. This is not fair to her. ”

Dylan (16), Autism, Gibson County

For the last several years I have been unable to keep a job because I have no one to care for him after school, holidays or summer break. My husband works full-time and as of now that is the only income we have to support a family of five. Without my income we have been faced with; utilities, gas, water and phone being cut off. ”

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