The Williamson Advocate   March 2018
SATURDAY, MAY 5, 7 am-3 pm.  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 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.
FREE TAX PREP
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 www.DoMyTaxes.org to make an appointment.

Save the Date
The Arc Tennessee Hearts Take Flight Pull-a-Plane Challenge
Saturday, April 14, 9-2
Smyrna, Rutherford County Airport
The Arc Annual Membership Meeting
The Arc's annual membership meeting will be Monday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Services Building at 129 West Fowles Street in Franklin.  Board officers for the 2018-2019 year will be elected.  
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 ned.solomon@tn.gov or by phone at 615.532.6556. 
The Arc Membership
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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
E-mail: sbbarc@thearcwc.org
                 
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FAMILY SUPPORT APPLICATIONS FOR 2018-2019 DUE March 31
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.  For proof of disability, 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 sbbarc@thearcwc.org.

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, March 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the Williamson County Community Services Building at 129 West Fowlkes in Franklin.  For further information, you may e-mail Deana Vaughn at dvaughn4@comcast.net.
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         HAPPY  ALMOST SPRING!
The Arc Williamson County  •  129 West Fowlkes Street, Suite 151  •  Franklin, TN 37064
http://www.thearcwc.org
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