Advocacy Programs

Individual Advocacy

The Arc Williamson County is committed to helping individuals and families locate and access services and otherwise secure their rights guaranteed by law. The Arc works cooperatively with other agencies and governmental entities to help individuals and families solve problems or find appropriate services.  The Arc Williamson County can provide assistance to families in locating and accessing services such as Respite Care/Sitter Services, Residential and Supported Living, Employment/Supported Employment, Adult Day Activities, Social and Recreation Programs, Conservatorship and Estate Planning, and Social Security/SSI/SSDI. Contact The  Arc (615) 790-5815 ext. 3 if you or someone you know may be in need of this service or e-mail sbbarc@thearcwc.org.

 Next Chapter Book Clubs 

The Arc Williamson County has partnered with The Arc Davidson County, the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee, and the Literacy Council of Williamson County to set up book clubs in the Williamson County and surrounding areas for adolescents and adults with an interest in reading, lifelong learning, and making friends. The book club members, with the help of volunteer facilitators, will choose which books they wish to read and discuss as well as decide where and when the book club will meet. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer facilitator or a book club member please contact The Arc at (615) 790-5815, ext. 3 or sbbarc@thearcwc.org.

Student Advocacy 

Student Advocacy is an action taken on behalf of an individual needing services associated with education.  The advocate’s primary responsibility is to represent the best interests of the student in the education process.  Student Advocacy Services includes assisting students and their families to understand their rights according to IDEA as well as assisting students and their families to understand the laws governing educating students with disabilities including IDEA, Section 504 and Tennessee State Law. Any student and his/her family who receives special education services in Franklin Special School District or Williamson County Schools or any students and his/her family that believes the student should be receiving special education services is eligible for Student Advocacy Services.  For Student Advocacy services, contact Christa Furlow at 615-266-6050.

Yellow Dot Program

The Tennessee Yellow Dot Program is designed to supply first responders with an individual’s medical information in the event of an emergency.  This information can mean the difference between life and death in the “Golden Hour” immediately following a serious crash.  To receive a Yellow Dot sticker for your car you will need to take a photo of the individual to The Arc at 129 West Fowlkes Street, Suite 151.  Be sure to call first at 615-790-5815, ext. 3 to make sure someone is there to help you.

October Workshop Series

Each October and often at other times throughout the year, The Arc Williamson County offers workshops on various topics of interest to the disability community.

Post Secondary Scholarship Opportunities

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  post-secondary program.  Watch for application information in January, 2018.

Future Planning Support

The Arc of the United State’s Center for Future Planning aims to support and encourage adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families to plan for the future. The Center provides reliable information and practical assistance to individuals with I/DD, other family members and friends, professionals who support them and other members of the community on areas such as person-centered planning, decision-making, housing options, and financial planning.  Staff at The Arc Williamson County have been trained in navigating this system and if you are interested in meeting with them to discuss it further, please contact 615-790-5815, ext. 3 or sbbarc@thearcwc.org.  To access The Arc of the United States Center for Future Planning website CLICK HERE.