The Williamson Advocate  January 2020
Disability Day
On the Hill
February 4, 2020
9 am-2 pm
Disability Day on the Hill (DDH) is a day where you're invited to meet with your legislators on issues that affect Tennesseans with disabilities hosted by the Tennessee Disability Coalition.  Follow their facebook page HERE for more details as they become available.
Nissan Presents
Taste of Williamson
Sunday, March 8, 2020
7-9 pm
CoolSprings Galleria
For Tickets go to 
MAY 21 and 22
Airport Marriott
The Arc Membership
Your membership and support are important! Please Achieve With Us!
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Please send the information requested along with the amount indicated to:
The Arc Williamson County
129 West Fowlkes Street,
Suite 143
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone (615) 790-5815
Fax (615) 790-5891
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The Arc Williamson is partnering with Franklin-based Post Adoption Learning Services (PALS) to offer The Arc@School, a 10-week course for parents and non-attorney advocates of students with disabilities. Training includes a special focus on Tennessee schools and children from hard places. Classes run Tuesday evenings from February 18 through April 28, 2020, 6:30-7:30 p.m. with a by-week for WCS Spring Break. Participants will receive a course notebook and a certificate from The Arc national office. Participants will view a training video and complete brief online tests at home prior to each Tuesday evening class. Special topics will include the unique needs of children from backgrounds of adoption and foster care. The course is open to all parents and caregivers  who are interested in becoming more informed advocates.  Cost is $25 for the 10 week session.  Classes will be held at 129 West Fowlkes Street, Suite 143, Franklin.  For additional information contact Anna Caudill at or Sharon Bottorff at
To register Click HERE
To Begin Taking Applications for 2020-2021
on 2/1/20
The Arc Williamson County will begin accepting Family Support Applications for the 2020-2021 fiscal year on 2/1/20. In order to be considered for Family Support funding, we must have a completed, signed 2020-2021 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. The process will be the same this year, 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.  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.  Watch for the application in next month's newsletter and on our website after 2/1/20.  If you have any questions, please call Sharon Bottorff at 615-790-5815, ext 3 or e-mail at 
SAVE $5 OFF tickets for any weekday Preds game in February  
Organization: The Arc Williamson County
Promo Code: ARCWC
Link to Buy:
The Future of Disability-A Big Ideas Event
Saturday, February 15, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Inn at Opryland
2401 Music Valley Drive, Nashville
$70 for members of The Arc
$90 for non-members (includes one year membership)
Respite/Childcare $30 per person 

Join The Arc Tennessee for a day of thought provoking presentations and networking opportunities as we “push the boundaries” about what is possible for people with disabilities at our 3rd annual Big Ideas Event! Registration fees cover breakfast, lunch and an afternoon break.
To register, click HERE.
Featured keynote speakers include:
Alonzo Kelly, Kelly Leadership Group
Elisabeth Dykens, Vanderbilt University, Special Olympics
Other confirmed presenters/topics include:
Nick Filarelli, Core Services: Changing Lives and Achieving Independence Through Enabling Technology; Jen Vogus: AbleVoices: Photography for Self-Expression, Empowerment, and Advocacy; Angela Webster, AIMHiTN: Aiming High for Tennessee’s Little Ones; Alison Gauld, TN DOE: Michelangelo, Thomas, and Audrey; Michelle Madron: Persistence brings success: A story about overcoming obstacles when things don't just 'click one day'; Gary Harmon – Living without Limits.
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The Arc Williamson County  •  129 West Fowlkes Street, Suite 143  •  Franklin, TN 37064

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