Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

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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."

  • A Self-advocate's Perspective
  • Posted on 8/01/2013

My name is Carrie. I go to Next Steps at Vanderbilt.  I have loved being here and love my internship and stuff like that. At my internship I do labeling and food stuff and stuff like that. My internship is at VU dining. I will be graduating in April. My favorite class is Self-Awareness. I like it. I learn about my project and stuff like that. I am getting used to it. The Vanderbilt class I take is called Citizen Civility and I like that too. We go over rules and stuff like that. I like the professor and I am getting used to that. And now I have another class, it’s a different one. In book club we read Mr. Popper’s Penguins. We are almost through that book. We meet at Panera Bread. I like doing that.

In my future I would like to get a job at the same place where I am working now. That is where I am wanting to be. 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, and circle events. We go with our friends and Ambassadores from our circle groups.

I don’t want to leave. I will miss it. Graduating is good because I will still be seeing ya’ll around. Next Steps has helped me be good, kind, and nice to each other, and used to college. It helps me with job training skills. It has been a lot of help from a lot of people. 

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