The Williamson Advocate  June 2018
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Annual Yard Sale.  A special thank you to Ann Curl for hosting again!  We raised $762. 
Waves Parent-
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, August 20 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
Family Support
In 1992, the Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation establishing a statewide Family Support Program. Statewide funding for this program is determined by our state legislators on a yearly basis. The program is administered by the State of Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and managed in Williamson County by The Arc Williamson County. The program is designed to assist individuals with severe disabilities and their families to remain together in their homes and communities by providing financial assistance and community resource information.
Applications are accepted any time throughout the year but if you are applying after March 31, and your are found eligible, you will most likely be placed on a waiting list as completed applications for the following fiscal year are due by March 31st every year.  Completed applications include a completed, signed Intake Form and the necessary proofs-disability, citizenship and residency. The Intake/Application Form and our handbook which explains acceptable forms of proof, can be found on our website at or by contacting Sharon at 615-790-5815, ext. 3. 
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The Arc  Williamson County
129 West Fowlkes Street, Suite 151
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone (615) 790-5815
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Congratulations to Leya White, Janet Shouse, Emma Shouse Garton
Williamson County was well represented at The Arc Tennessee's Annual Awards Banquet.  Leya White was named Exemplary Educator of the Year! Leya is a Transition II teacher at Franklin High School. Janet Shouse received the Public Awareness Award.  Janet is the parent of a young man with autism; and is a talented, passionate writer who is dedicated to communicating issues that help the public understand the needs of people with disabilities.  Emma Shouse Garton was awarded the Ruth Roberts Memorial Award honoring a sibling of a person with a disability. (And though Emma now resides in Nashville we count her as one of our own!) We are so proud of you all!   

Jen Vogus received an Artist in Residence grant from the Arts Council of Williamson County and led a Photovoice project with Transition II students at Centennial High School this spring. Photovoice is most often used to give a voice to individuals who typically do not have one in their community and specifically, it puts cameras in the hands of people who are considered or feel disenfranchised from decision-making that affects their lives. This approach utilizes the power of photography as a catalyst for self-expression and invites individuals to capture and share details about their lives and perspectives that might otherwise be difficult to convey.  This methodology has been implemented with diverse groups and more recently extended into the field of education for students with disabilities, many of who have physical or intellectual challenges that can make verbal communication difficult. Photos from the Centennial High School Project are on display at the Community Services Building. Please stop by and enjoy the creativity and insight of these students!  The Arc Williamson County is excited to announce that we have received a Sharing Change Grant from Middle Tennessee Electric for Jen to bring this project to Franklin High School Transition II students in the fall. 
ECF Listening Sessions
Family Voices of Tennessee, part of the Tennessee Disability coalition has been awarded a Consumer Advocacy Transformation grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The two year project, Voices 4 Choices, will train and support consumer leaders serving on Employment and Community First CHOICES advisory groups in the first year and state advisory committees in the second.  They will be holding Listening Sessions around the state throughout the month of June.  A session will be held in Franklin at the The Arc Williamson County located in Williamson County Community Services Building at 129 West Fowlkes on Thursday, June 14th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 p.m.  Dinner will be provided but registration is required.  Contact Leisa Hammett at 615-222-7475 or for more information. To register click on the following link
BrightStone Schedules B.I.G. Events
BrightStone will be begin hosting 90 minute inspiring tours called B.I.G (BrightStone Is Growing) Events. The tour includes observing students make ceramics, crafts, and baking mixes. Plus, you will get to see the 138 acre future campus and learn about BrightStone's vision.  Light refreshments will be provided. Tours start promptly at 9:30 a.m. on July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11 and November 8. To register or for more information contact Elaine Farmer at 615-790-4888.

Jill’s House Weekend Adventures (JHWA) is coming to the Nashville area to bring Jill’s House Rocky Top. JHWA is a three-day camp experience for children with intellectual disabilities, where they get to enjoy an incredible weekend just for them, while their families receive some much-needed  respite. At Weekend Adventures, special children (ages 6-17) create memories and friendships through activities like hayrides, hikes, crafts, games, talent shows, ropes courses, swimming and more. At the same time, they are surrounded by caring and committed onsite medical personnel, child care specialists, staff, and one-on-one buddies that ensure every detail is managed and every  unique need is met so parents can enjoy a worry-free break. Meals, accommodations, activities,
and full-time care are all included, making this all-inclusive weekend a stress-relieving time for everyone.
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The Arc Williamson County  •  129 West Fowlkes Street, Suite 151  •  Franklin, TN 37064

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