The Arc Tennessee's Call to Action

The Arc Tennessee’s Call to Action

Achieve with Us to Prevent Devastating Cuts to Medicaid (TennCare) Funding

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed the House in early May with a vote of 217-213.  It is now in the hands of the Senate.  Our advocacy must continue.  This legislation proposes a $857 billion cut to Medicaid funding over time.  Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Bob Corker must hear from their constituents that these cuts cannot be allowed to happen – that they would be devastating to people with I/DD and their families. 

The Arc Tennessee needs your help.  We need you to lend your voice to the cause.  We know that everyone is busy.  We know your time is valuable.  There are many things you can do to help that take less than five minutes.  Please see all the options below and please commit to doing as many as you can…

If you have a few hours:

  • Schedule a meeting with Senator Alexander’s staff at the local office closest to you – go on your own, go as a family, or go as a group representing The Arc

  • Schedule a meeting with Senator Corker’s staff at the local office closest to you - go on your own, go as a family, or go as a group representing The Arc

  • Learn more about how to prepare for a visit here:  http://www.thearc.org/document.doc?id=5660

  • Attend a town hall meeting for Senator Alexander or Senator Corker; for a list of meetings, check here:  https://townhallproject.com/

If you have one hour:

  • Write a letter or an email sharing your personal story of how Medicaid (TennCare) has benefitted you and your family and what would happen if the supports went away

  • Share your personal Medicaid (TennCare) story with The Arc here:  http://disabilityadvocacynetwork.org/app/share-your-story?0&engagementId=286214

  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper

  • Film a short video where you share your Medicaid (TennCare) story and share it with The Arc TN and/or post on Facebook

If you have thirty (30) minutes (or less):

  • Write a short email to Senator Alexander and Senator Corker that simply asks them to oppose cuts to Medicaid (TennCare) without sharing as detailed a story

  • Send Senator Alexander and Senator Corker a postcard opposing Medicaid (TennCare) cuts

  • Respond to Action Alerts from The Arc TN and The Arc US

If you have five (5) minutes or less:

  • Call Senator Alexander’s DC office and tell whoever answers the phone that you are a constituent (and mention your connection to disability) and that you oppose legislation that cuts Medicaid funding

  • Call Senator Corker’s DC office and tell whoever answers the phone that you are a constituent (and mention your connection to disability) and that you oppose legislation that cuts Medicaid funding

  • Contact their local office and share the same message

  • Join The Arc Disability Action Network at http://disabilityadvocacynetwork.org/app/register?0&m=9899

  • If you use social media, “friend” Senator Alexander and Senator Corker on facebook – then share posts from The Arc TN, The Arc US and others that provide information on the devastating impact of Medicaid cuts

  • “Like” The Arc Tennessee on facebook and share our posts

  • “Like” The Arc US on facebook and share their posts

  • Follow The Arc TN and The Arc US on twitter – “retweet” posts

These activities are not just “one and done” – they need to hear from you on a regular basis. 

For more ideas on how to get involved and to get phone numbers, emails, etc. for Senator Alexander and Senator Corker, visit The Arc TN public policy page at http://www.thearctn.org/Public-Policy.php and The Arc US Action Center at http://disabilityadvocacynetwork.org/action?1 and their public policy page at http://www.thearc.org/what-we-do/public-policy.  (Please note that The Arc US action center will require you to enter some basic information before “taking action” – this is so that they can track activity from different states and use it for their public policy efforts in Washington DC.

For more information, contact Carrie Hobbs Guiden at cguiden@thearctn.org

 

In addition to having hard working and very dedicated staff, The Arc DCGN also has staff with great culinary skills.  We make up reasons to get together and share food.  Recently we celebrated National Chili Day with a Chili Cook-Off. 

We had six contestants who brought out their best chili recipe to compete in the contest.  The rules were tough and competition was stiff.  Contestants had to make enough chili for 10-15 people, list all the ingredients, let the tasters know if it was hot, medium or mild, but could not disclose who made the chili. 

So as to not show any favoritism, our panels of judges were chosen from our neighbors in our office building.  Judges rated the chili by color, aroma, texture, heat, and flavor.  Special thanks to Shawn Sanders, Urban League, Anne Long, National Association of Social Workers Tennessee Chapter and Chrystal Liles of Central Defense.  All three took their job as a chili judge very seriously.  A very special thanks to Cindy Gardner with Special Needs Law Center for their sponsorship of the event.

Our chili cookers were:  Anna Flatt, Monique Jenkins, Nancy Rainey, Sarah Reeves, Daphne Redd, and Jessica Arnold. 

Prizes were awarded to Anna Flatt as 1st Place, Monique Jenkins as 2nd Place, and Sarah Reeves as 3rd Place winner. 

Spread the Word to End the Word Trivia Night

Come join our Junior Advisory Board for a fun night of trivia supporting Spread the Word to End the Word. Tuesday February 28th at the Flying Saucer 111 10th Avenue South Suite 310 Nashville, TN 37203. Trivia starts at 7:30. See you then!

Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and our supporters to inspire respect and acceptance through raising the consciousness of society about the R- word and how hurtful words and disrespect can be toward people with intellectual disabilities.
 

Future Planning Services

Future Planning Services

Future Planning is creating a guide for a person with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to lead a good life as independently as possible.  A person-centered future plan reflects the wishes of the person with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, as well as his or her parents, siblings, extended family members and friends, and other important people in his or her life.  The Arc Davidson County & Greater Nashville can help families create a plan when no plan is in place for the future.  This service is free of charge and the plan can include information about all aspects of a person’s life. 

 

For more information about these services please contact: Sheila Moore at 615-321-5699 ext. 216 or Monique Jenkins ext. 224

Learn about our scholarships!!

During our annual Sprout Film Festival, The Arc Davidson County & Greater Nashville and The Arc Williamson County were able to raise $5,000.00 for post secondary scholarships for people with disabilities.  For information about our scholarships please contact Sheila Moore at smoore@arcdc.org or Sharon Bottorff at sbbarc@thearcwc.org. 

The Arc Davidson County & Greater Nashville would like to thank everyone for their participation and donations at our annual Sprout Film Festival!

Missed our Webinar on FBA's and BIP's?

Listen to the webinar by clicking the link below....

https://acrdc.webex.com/acrdc/lsr.php?RCID=cd8e8b8eae0f148f6805fecdafbd66fa

View Documents from the webinar by clicking the links below:

FBA and BIP PowerPoint

FBA and BIP tip sheet

 

For questions regarding Functional Behavioral Assessments or Behavioral Intervention Plans please contact Johanna Staubitz at johanna.l.staubitz@vanderbilt.edu. 

JOIN US: March 2nd at 9:30am for a Webinar on FBAs and BIPs!!

Special Education Advocacy Center (SEAC) is collaborating with The Arc Davidson County & Greater Nashville, Autism TN, and Down Syndrome Association to present a webinar for parents and advocates on Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavioral Intervention Plans. 

When: Monday March 2nd from 9:30a-10:30a.

How do I register?  Click the link below, and complete the registration form.  Once you are registered you will receive instructions on how to connect to the webinar the day of the event.

https://acrdc.webex.com/acrdc/onstage/g.php?MTID=eca8e2066d77acaac0c1705ed185735de

 

Questions??

Contact Simione Jenkins, Office Manager with The Arc Davidson County & Greater Nashville.

sjenkins@arcdc.org or 615-321-5699 ext 224.

See you there!!

New Post-Secondary Scholarship offered for students in Davidson County

The Arc Davidson County & Greater Nashville is pleased to announce The Arc Post-Secondary Scholarship intended for students who will be attending either Next Steps at Vanderbilt or IDEAL at Lipscomb University.

Requirements for this scholarship include:

  • Student must be a resident of Davidson County
  • Student must have been accepted to one of the programs

The amount of the scholarship has yet to be determined. Applications for this scholarship can be found online or by e-mailing Sheila Moore at smoore@arcdc.org. Application deadline is April 15, 2015.

We are Now The Arc Davidson County and Greater Nashville!

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It may seem like a small change, but The Arc has been expanding programs in a big way over the past few years. With that, has come a new name change - The Arc Davidson County is now The Arc Davidson County and Greater Nashville!

We embarked on the process of changing our name nearly a year ago, in order to better reflect the outreach that our organization does. Over the years, our Employment and Family Support programs have expanded to include families from not only Davidson County, but also the 20 surrounding counties in Middle Tennessee.

With the name change, comes a slight update to our logo. You will see the change made on our materials and website over the next few months. While the change seems small, we are excited that it better reflects what we do here at The Arc.

More Housing Options for People with Disabilities on the Horizon

Rendering of Fourth North, an Urban Housing Solutions project in East Nashville. The agency is considering expanding service to include more individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Rendering of Fourth North, an Urban Housing Solutions project in East Nashville. The agency is considering expanding service to include more individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Nonprofit agency Urban Housing Solutions Nashville has worked extensively to provide low cost housing for the homeless and veteran populations in Nashville for many years. The agency recently began looking at extending services to individuals with disabilities who may or may not need support to live independently.  The group is working with a local committee of stake holders to create more options and is interested in talking with individuals or family members of individuals who desire to transition to such housing in the next couple of years. 

To be included in this conversation, please send your contact information to Carolyn Naifeh at carolyn@pujolsfamilyfoundation.org.