Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Seeking Stories: TN Kindred Stories of Disability and Aging

Updated on 1/8/2014 10:16:56 AM.

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and The Arc Tennessee are seeking stories about Tennesseans with intellectual and developmental disabilities related to issues of aging. What joys and challenges arise as individuals with disabilities age? What hopes or fears come up for their parents and caregivers?

We want to speak with individuals with disabilities and/or family members to learn about these issues. The family member with a disability must be age 45+. Participants will be interviewed by graduate students from Vanderbilt University either in-person or by phone. Interviews take about an hour and will take place in spring 2014.

Stories may be shared with members of the Tennessee Legislature and the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in a collection of stories about the importance of improving quality of life for people with disabilities. Stories also may be shared through the websites and activities of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, The Arc Tennessee, and through the web-based public database, Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability (

Why participate?

  • To help others in similar situations.
  • To create awareness of disability issues in the state of Tennessee.
  • To educate service providers, state policymakers, and the general public on issues of disability.
  • To engage in the disability community to create positive change.

If you are willing to be interviewed, please contact Courtney Taylor, (615) 322-5658


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