Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability

A project of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) Public Policy Team, each year the VKC and The Arc Tennessee collaborate to produce a collection of stories that highlight the challenges individuals with disabilities and their families face as they navigate service systems and supports. Booklets are shared with Tennessee legislators during Disability Day(s) on the Hill and the Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C., to educate them with first-hand accounts from constituents in ther districts.

Stories are collected by students from Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities, who interview the families as part of a course assignment. The students enrolled in the Belmont University courses are paired with a Community Partner agency not only to collect stories, but also to volunteer a set number of service hours as a component of their course requirements.

Stories also are housed on the Tennesee Kindred Stories of Disability Website.

For more information, send an email to Courtney Taylor.

2008 Family Stories: Systems Change

The stories in this collection, published in 2008, were compiled by students enrolled in a Vanderbilt University course on Families. This course provides an introduction to the field of family studies, with special attention paid to families that include children and adults with disabilities.

2011 Family Stories: How Disability Affects Tennessee Families

The stories in this collection, published in 2011, were compiled by students enrolled in a Vanderbilt University course on Families. This course provides an introduction to the field of family studies, with special attention paid to families that include children and adults with disabilities.

2012 Kindred Stories of Disability

The stories in this collection, published in 2012, were compiled by students enrolled in a Vanderbilt University course on families. This course provides an introduction to the field of family studies, with special attention paid to families that include children and adults with disabilities.

2013 Kindred Stories of Disability: Families With Diverse Cultural Backgrounds

The stories in this collection, published in 2013, were compiled by students enrolled in a Vanderbilt University course on Families. This course provides an introduction to the field of family studies, with special attention paid to families that include children and adults with disabilities. This special edition is a collection of stories from families with diverse cultural backgrounds.

2013 Kindred Stories of Disability: Waiting List Edition

The stories in this collection, published in 2013, were compiled by students enrolled in a Vanderbilt University course on Families. This course provides an introduction to the field of family studies, with special attention paid to families that include children and adults with disabilities. This special edition is a collection of stories from Tennessee families on the waiting list for home and community-based waiver services.

2014 Kindred Stories of Disability: Employment Edition

The stories in this collection, published in 2014, were compiled by students enrolled in a Vanderbilt University course on Families. This particular edition focuses on the topic of employment. The stories illustrate why employment matters in the lives of people with disabilities. They introduce people who want the opportunity to choose work that is meaningful for them, earn a paycheck, be as independent as possible, share and improve their skills, and make connections with others.

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