The Williamson Advocate   February 2018
 Disability Day on the Hill
February 14, 2018
Disability Day on the Hill is an annual opportunity for people with disabilities and their families to visit the state legislature and speak with their state elected officials about topics important to them. This year's event will take place at the General Assembly's new home, the Cordell Hull Building.
The Arc Williamson County To Award 
Post-Secondary Scholarships
The Arc Williamson County will be awarding two $1000 Post-Secondary Scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year. Requirements for this scholarship include the student must be a resident of Williamson County and the student must have been accepted by a recognized Post-Secondary Program such as Next Steps at Vanderbilt or IDEAL at Lipscomb. Applications are due by April 1, 2018. Click Here for an Application.

Sunday, March 4, 2018, 7-9 pm
CoolSprings Galleria
Presented by Nissan, Benefitting United Way of Williamson County
Tickets $35 in advance and $40 at the door-Purchase HERE
United Way of Williamson County's Free Tax Prep for families earning $66,000 or less will be available again this year.  Please call 615-83-07940 or visit to make an appointment.
Partners in PolicymakingTM
Partners in Policymaking™ is a free leadership and advocacy training program for adults with disabilities and family members of persons with disabilities. sponsored by the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities. The training provides the opportunity to learn from local and national experts about a variety of policies and practices that impact people with disabilities and their families.
Selected Partners will learn about: state and federal legislative processes; inclusive communities and classrooms; proven practices in housing and employment; assistive technology; strategies for advocates and self-advocates.  The training takes place over seven weekends throughout the year. You can download  the Partners application here.  All applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2018. For more information, contact Ned Andrew Solomon at or by phone at 615.532.6556. 
Plans are underway for The Arc's Spring Yard Sale in Fieldstone Farms.  Start saving your items now to donate to the fundraiser!  Thank you Ann Curl for agreeing to host this for The Arc again this year.  The date will be shared as soon as it is confirmed, it is usually late April or early May.  

Save the Date
The Arc Tennessee Hearts Take Flight Pull-a-Plane Challenge
Saturday, April 14, 9-2
Smyrna, Rutherford County Airport
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The Arc  Williamson County
129 West Fowlkes Street, Suite 151
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone (615) 790-5815
Fax (615) 790-5891
          CLICK HERE
The Arc Williamson County is accepting Family Support Applications for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.  In order to be considered for Family Support funding, we must have a completed, signed 2018-2019 Application and all needed proofs-proof of disability, proof of residency and proof of citizenship.  Proof of residency must be updated every year.  If we do not have a letter from your doctor stating that the disability is permanent and of life-long duration, then we must have updated proof of disability every year.  If we have proof of your citizenship from a previous year, then we do not need that again.  Please see the Family Support Handbook (CLICK HERE) for what are acceptable forms of proofs.  After these are received by The Arc, you will be contacted so that we can determine if you will be eligible based on the state’s definition of disability.  You will then be notified in writing of your eligibility.  If you are found not eligible you will have 10 days to request a reconsideration.   Everyone who has a completed application and has been determined eligible will be submitted to the Family Support Local Council in May for approval based on availability of funds and local council priorities (these can be found in the Family Support Handbook).  If you are not approved for funding, you will be placed on a waiting list.  Should additional funding become available throughout the year, your non-identifying information will be presented to the Family Support Local Council for approval.  If your application is received after March 31 OR if the needed proofs are not provided until after March 31, your eligibility will be determined; but you will be placed on the waiting list until additional funding should become available.  Please note that being eligible for funding and being approved for funding are two different processes.  Also, please understand that being a current recipient of Family Support does not make you automatically eligible the following year. CLICK HERE for the 2018-2019 application.  If you have any questions, please call Sharon Bottorff at 615-790-5815, ext 3 or e-mail at
Waves Parents/Conservators Group Forms
A group of parents/conservators have formed a group to explore ways to help support Waves, Inc. in their mission.  If you have a family member receiving services from Waves and are interested in joining this group, the next meeting will be Monday, February 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the Williamson County Community Services Building at 129 West Fowlkes in Franklin.  Lance Jordan, Waves Executive Director, will be the guest speaker.  For further information, you may e-mail Deana Vaughn at
The Future of Disability: A Big Ideas Event!
The Arc Tennessee
  • What: One day of very short, personal, passionate, simple and concise presentations that take a visionary, inspiring and challenging look at what lays ahead
  • Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Location: The Inn at Opryland, 2401 Music Valley Drive, Nashville
  • Details: Buffet lunch included! Reception with appetizers & open cash bar immediately following! Jeremy Norden-Paul from the TN Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities will emcee; entertainment will be woven in with presentations and networking opportunities
  • Cost: $65 for members of The Arc; $85 for non-members (includes one-year membership)
  • Respite/Childcare Cost: $20 per person/child
  • To register click this link -
To purchase CLICK HERE

Photography Exhibit at the Williamson County
Community Services Building
Visit the latest Photography Exhibit at the Williamson County Community Services Building.  Photos by Kyle Jones will be on display through the middle of March.  Kyle is a nineteen year old originally from Illinois, and now a resident of Thompsons Station, Tennessee.  In 2012 while on his summer vacation, he picked up his first camera to photograph a deer, and began taking photos in the parks of the Upper Peninsua of Michigan.  One of his first photos, a bee on a flower, won 3rd place in the Junior Division of the 2012 Morton Art Guild Photography Show.  He has since won numerous awards for his photography at the Heart of Illinois Fair, Illinois State Fair, Springfied's Images of Illinois,  Williamson County Fair, Tennessee State Fair, and  An Artist's Window Exhibit .  Kyle is twice exceptional with brilliant visual-spatial and musical abilities and a mathematical mind.  Kyle can be reached at 

The Arc Williamson County  •  129 West Fowlkes Street, Suite 151  •  Franklin, TN 37064
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