The Williamson Advocate  February 2019
Waves Parent Conservator Group
The next meeting of the Waves Parent/Conservator Group will be Monday, February 25 at 11:00 a.m. at the Williamson County Community Services Building at 129 West Fowlkes in Franklin.  If you have a family member receiving services from Waves and are interested in joining this group and would like further information, you may e-mail Dennie Pickard
at or
Deana Vaughn at 
The Arc Membership
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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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Jill's House Rocky Top is a weekend respite program that is designed for children ages 6-17 with intellectual disabilities.  Children get to experience a weekend of camp activities while parents experience a weekend of rest.  On Sunday February 24th, camp partner, Camp Widjiwagan, is going to host an open house and families interested in Jill's House are invited to attend from
2-4 p.m.  It will begin with a bus tour of the activities that your camper can participate in and end with a Q & A session with Jill's House Rocky Top's supervisor and one of their nurses.  To RSVP, click here.  For questions, contact Elizabeth Oliver, the Jill's House Rocky Top Supervisor at 615-787-3180 or


All classes will be held at The Arc offices at the Community Services Building, 129 West Fowlkes Street in Franklin.  You do not have to be a resident of Williamson County to participate,  If you have any questions please contact Sharon at or 615-790-5815, ext. 3.  Applications available by clicking HERE.
Disability Day on the Hill (DDH)
On Tuesday, February 12th, Disability Day on the Hill will be held at the Cordell Hull Building. There is no RSVP to attend, and no charge. The intent of this day is to bring community members together with their state legislators. Details are below:
Time: 9am-2pm CST
Location: Cordell Hull Building at 425 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37243
If you would like assistance scheduling a meeting with your legislator or would like to volunteer to assist community members with their meetings, contact: or 615-383-9442.
What do we mean when we say something is a Big Idea?   Big ideas change the way we think. They change the way we work, the way we play, and the way we live.  The Future is built on Big Ideas.
Register now to attend The Arc Tennessee’s Second Annual The Future of Disability: a Big Ideas event! conference on February 23rd, and join us for an exciting day of Big Ideas!   Building on the success of last year's inaugural event, we have assembled a group of inspiring, visionary, and unique presentations that will challenge the way we think about and work to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  
Built on the model of the popular TED and TEDx talks, the day will feature a series of short, focused talks on a wide variety of challenging topics by thought leaders and innovative practitioners from here in Tennessee and around the country ... as well as some inspiring first-hand stories from individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  And we'll have some fantastic entertainment throughout the day.
WHAT: The Future of Disability: a Big Ideas event!
WHEN: Saturday, February 23, 2019, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
WHERE: The Inn at Opryland, 2401 Music Valley Drive, Nashville
COST:  $65 for members of The Arc; $85 for non-members (includes one-year membership); lunch and reception included
RESPITE AVAILABLE:  $30 per person
Day and Housing Options
Ventures, a collaboration among agencies addressing the needs of adolescents and young adults with disabilities in Williamson County, announces the fourth in their series of workshops.  The  Day and Housing Options Session will be held on Tuesday, February 26th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the American Job Center-Work Force Essentials Training Room at 118 Seaboard Lane. To register please e-mail  The last workshop Recreation and Social Groups will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at the American Job Center.   
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

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