Advocacy, education, family supports, government relations, and sibling issues.
As a parent of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, Ann Curl has participated in many training programs and volunteer activities related to developmental disabilities. She completed the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Volunteer Advocacy Project in 2009, and also that year, she was the parent participant in the Middle Tennessee Interdisciplinary Training in Neurological Disabilities (MIND) program.
She was recently accepted into the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities Partners in Policymaking Leadership Institute for the coming year. Last year, Curl spoke with legislators in Nashville and in Washington about legislation regarding vocational rehabilitation, restraint and seclusion, and intellectual disabilities.
Curl is a volunteer with the Arc of Williamson County as a parent advocate, and she is a surrogate parent advocate for foster children for the Williamson County School System. She served on the board of the Walnut Grove Elementary School PTA for 4 years and was PTA President in 2007. During that time, she wrote and received four grants for the school. One of these grants was for special education literacy tools, and the other three were to make the preschool/kindergarten playground accessible for children with special needs. She also coordinated and completed the school’s $100,000 special needs playground improvement project.