The Williamson Advocate   February 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 
Nissan Presents
Taste of Williamson
Sunday, March 8, 2020
7-9 pm
CoolSprings Galleria
For Tickets go to 
If you have items you would like to donate email
Williamson County Schools OUT OF ZONE Requests
Now is the time for parents to apply for an open-zoned school or any out-of-zone requests. The registration window for the 2020-21 school year is open, and the deadline to apply is May 15.
Parents must submit out of zone requests via the district’s online system. No paper forms will be accepted. The online request system can be found on the School Zones page of the WCS website. Parents must choose one of three options after creating an account: Open-Zoned Schools; Grandfather Provision for rising 5th, 8th, 11th or 12th grade students; or Out of Zone – All Other Provisions.
Parents will receive a confirmation email when the request has been submitted, and they will receive an acceptance or denial email from the Planning and Zoning Department after the request is reviewed.
MAY 21 and 22
Airport Marriott
The Arc Membership
Your membership and support are important! Please Achieve With Us!
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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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Family Behavior Support App
Do you have a child under the age of 6 who engages in challenging behaviors?  Vanderbilt University is looking for families to participate in study to develop and test a mobile app. For more information call 615-852-5893 or
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
 Taking Applications for
The Arc Williamson County is accepting Family Support Applications for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. 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.  For the 2020-2021 Application/Intake Form CLICK HERE.  If you have any questions, please call Sharon Bottorff at 615-790-5815, ext 3 or e-mail at 
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.
Family Perspectives on the Employment of Adults with IDD/ASD
Your voice is needed! Vanderbilt University/Vanderbilt Kennedy Center want to share an employment-related study opportunity led by Erik Carter, Elise McMillan, and Julie Lounds Taylor at Vanderbilt University/Vanderbilt Kennedy Center UCEDD. As part of their new national center on the employment of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), they are developing a practical intervention to support parents interested in helping their family members find employment. They are seeking feedback and advice from parents or siblings across Middle Tennessee so that the resources they develop will be beneficial and practical. They want to hear both from individuals whose family members with disabilities are working and those who are not.
What does it involve?
  • Participate in an individual interview (1.5 hours) or focus group (2 hours)
  • Receive a $50 VISA card for participating
  • To be eligible, you must be the parent or family member (e.g., sibling) of an adult with intellectual disability, autism, or other developmental disabilities who is 16-65 years old.
Sign up to participate here:
To learn more contact Emily Lanchak, at or 615-343-9664. 

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The Arc Williamson County  •  129 West Fowlkes Street, Suite 143  •  Franklin, TN 37064

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