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ADA Technical Assistance – Regional Center

The DBTAC Southwest ADA Center is the Southwest's leading resource on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability rights laws. The Center is one of the DBTAC National Network of Centers funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the Department of Education. The DBTAC Southwest ADA Center serves a wide range of audiences who are interested in or impacted by these laws, including employers, businesses, government agencies, schools and people with disabilities. Expert staff members are available to provide training and publications and to respond to your inquiries via the toll free hotline 800-949-4232.

DBTAC – Southwest ADA Center
Independent Living Research Utilization
2323 S. Shepherd Boulevard, Suite 1000
Houston, TX 77019
(800) 949-4232
(713) 520-0232
dlrp@ilru.org
www.dlrp.org
 
Arkansas Disability Coalition
 
The Arkansas Disability Coalition works for equal rights and opportunity for Arkansans with disabilities through public policy change, cross-disability collaboration, and the empowerment of people with disabilities and their families.
 
1123 South University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204-1605
(501) 614-7020
http://www.adcpti.org/adcpti.html
 
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
 
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) is a comprehensive state agency dedicated to providing a wide range of vocational services with one main objective – enabling people with disabilities to work.
 
525 West Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201
(800) 330-0632 
http://www.arsinfo.org/
 
Arkansas Speech Language Hearing Association
 
The Mission of the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association is to provide leadership, professional development, and quality membership services for audiologists and speech-language pathologists; to serve as the catalyst for innovative practices in prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of communication, hearing, balance, and swallowing disorders; and to advocate for the provision of quality programs and services and for the rights of people with communication hearing, balance, and swallowing disorders.
 
P.O. Box 250261
Little Rock, AR 72225
Phone: (877) 427-5742
Fax: (501) 224-0988
arksha@arksha.org
 
Arkansas Support Network
 
Arkansas Support Network, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization dedicated to providing the highest quality services and supports possible for individuals who have disabilities. Our Board of Directors is an active group of concerned citizens which is representative of the families and individuals that we serve and of the communities in which they live. We believe that our agency has a responsibility to the whole community. We have taken a leadership role in a number of community advocacy and policy-making positions which extend beyond those normally considered "disability" issues. Our board is committed to the concept of equal access to supports, services, and community resources for all citizens.
 
6836 Isaac's Orchard Road
Springdale, AR 72762
Phone: (479) 927-4100
Fax: (479) 927-4101
Toll Free: (800) 748-9768
http://www.supports.org/
 
ARS Client Assistance Program
 
The Client Assistance Program (CAP) is a federally funded program designed to identify, explain, and resolve any problem someone may be having with their rehabilitation program.
 
1100 N. University, Suite 201 
Little Rock, AR 72207
(800) 482-1174 V/TTY 
FAX (501) 296-1779
http://www.arkdisabilityrights.org/cap.html
 
Arkansas Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
 
The Arkansas Chapter has a very energetic and dedicated group of staff and volunteers that are always working on new or improved events and community programs. Our volunteers are dedicated to beating CF - whether it is for personal involvement or because they feel they have a civic duty to be involved in the community. Our vibrant leadership board participates in fundraising and events, and our families and communities help to raise awareness and funds to fight CF. Our goal is to make CF stand for Cure Found!
 
200 River Market Avenue, Suite 100 
Little Rock, AR, 72201 
Phone: (501) 371-0233 
Fax: (501) 324-2236 
Email: arkansas@cff.org
http://www.cff.org/Chapters/arkansas/
 
Department of Human Services
 
Department of Human Services (DHS) County Offices administer several economic programs, including: AFDC, Food Stamps, Medicaid Eligibility, and Community Service programs. Call the number listed to get the phone number for a specific one.
 
700 Main Street
Little Rock, AR 72203-3237
1-800-960-9270
Fax: (501)682-0366
http://www.arkansas.gov/dhs/homepage.html
 
DHS: Division of Behavioral Health Services
 
The Division of Behavioral Health Services provides an integrated system of public mental health care and alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention and treatment of services to Arkansas residents. The Division of Behavioral Health Services provides the majority of direct services through the state by contracting with 15 community mental health centers (CMHC). Each CMHC is required to provide a full array of traditional and specialized, outpatient services within a defined geographical area called a catchment area. These services include: diagnostic evaluation, treatment planning, individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, case management, crisis services, vocational, housing, and educational support, transportation, and rehabilitative and day treatment services.
 
305 South Palm Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: (501) 686-9164
TTD: (501) 686-9176
Fax: (501) 686-9182
http://www.arkansas.gov/dhs/dmhs
 
DHS: Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
 
The Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) has adopted the service delivery philosophy of "Service Options". Service Options are designed so that individuals and their families can have choices in selecting appropriate services in their local community. This philosophy will allow each individual to maximize his or her abilities while enjoying a quality of life commensurate with those abilities. It will also prevent an individual from being forced to access more expensive and intrusive services.
 
Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
Donaghey Plaza North
P.O. Box 1437, Slot N505
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437
Phone: (501) 683-0870 
http://www.state.ar.us/dhs/ddds
 
DHS: Division of Services for the Blind
 
Division of Services for the Blind (DSB) provides specialized, quality rehabilitation services to blind and visually impaired Arkansans, creating opportunities for individuals to achieve maximum personal and economic independence.
700 Main Street
Little Rock, AR 72203-3237
1-800-960-9270
Fax: (501)682-0366
http://www.arkansas.gov/dhs/dsb
 
DHS: Medicaid Eligibility
 
Arkansas Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that provides necessary medical services to eligible persons who are not able to pay for such services. Individuals are certified as eligible for Medicaid services through the state’s county Human Services Offices or District Social Security Offices.
700 Main Street
Little Rock, AR 72203-3237
1-800-960-9270
Fax: (501)682-0366
http://www.arkansas.gov/dhs/sgFamily.html
 
Disability Rights Center
 
This is a federally funded, private non-profit agency that serves as the independent protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in Arkansas.
1100 N. University, Suite 201 
Little Rock, AR 72207
(800) 482-1174 V/TTY 
FAX (501) 296-1779
http://www.arkdisabilityrights.org/
 
Easter Seals Arkansas
 
Easter Seals' mission is to provide exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
 
3920 Woodland Heights Road
Little Rock, AR 72212-2495
Phone: (501) 227-3600 
http://ar.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ARDR_homepage
 
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
 
The EEOC promotes equal opportunity in employment through administrative and judicial enforcement of the federal civil rights laws and through education and technical assistance. This office handles complaints related to the ADA and Title 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
 
820 Louisiana Street, Suite 200
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
(501) 324-5060
Fax (501) 324-5991
http://www.eeoc.gov/field/littlerock/index.cfm
 
Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities
 
The Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities is dedicated to the dignity and rights of persons with disabilities in Arkansas. The commission advocates for the rights and participation of persons with disabilities in Arkansas. Each year the Governor’s Commission awards educational scholarships to persons with disabilities throughout Arkansas.
 
1100 N. University, Suite 201 
Little Rock, AR 72207
(800) 482-1174 V/TTY 
FAX (501) 296-1779
http://www.arkgcpd.org/top.asp?pagenumber=52431
 
ICAN: Increasing Capabilities Access Network
 
ICAN acts as a bridge between people with disabilities who need technology information and those who provide it. ICAN has built a statewide network of resources related to assistive devices.
 
26 Corporate Hill Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
800-828-2799
Fax: 501-666-5319 
http://www.ar-ican.org/
 
Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas
 
The Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas is a nonprofit, volunteer organization of parents and professionals. It is devoted to defining and finding solutions to the broad spectrum of learning problems.
 
P. O. Box 95255
North Little Rock, AR 72190-5255
501-666-8777
http://www.ldarkansas.org/
 
Learning and Evaluation Center
 
Learning and Evaluation Center (LEC) provides individualized psychological evaluations for Arkansas Rehabilitation Services consumers, training in disabilities and employment-related issues, and employment-related counseling for people who are deaf.
 
26 Corporate Hill
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-686-9686 v/tty
501-686-9685 fax
http://www.arsinfo.org/default.aspx?id=31#LEC
 
Lions World Services for the Blind
 
Lions World serves people who are blind and visually impaired who needed to learn independent living skills or job training skills to prepare them to function independently in our “sighted” society. Their Technology Access Center provides comprehensive adaptive technology evaluations for individuals who are blind or have low vision.
 
2811 Fair Park Boulevard 
Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
Telephone: (501) 664-7100 or 1-800-248-0734
Fax: (501) 664-2743
http://www.lwsb.org/index.asp
 
Mainstream
 
Mainstream is a non-residential, consumer-driven, independent living resource center for persons with disabilities. Mainstream offers peer support, advocacy, education and training, information and referral, job placement, etc.
 
300 S. Rodney Parham Suite 5
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-280-0012
Fax 501-280-9267
http://www.mainstreamilrc.com/
 
Mental Health Council of Arkansas
 
The Mental Health Council of Arkansas is a non-profit organization governed by a board of directors representing each of the 15 participating community mental health centers and their affiliates. The MHCA assists its members to achieve the goal of community based treatment which focuses on the whole person with emphasis on physical, mental and emotional wellness and by promoting the comprehensive diagnostic, treatment, and wrap around services provided by the non-profit Community Mental Health Centers of Arkansas. The MHCA is dedicated to improving the overall health and well-being of all Arkansans and communities throughout Arkansas. With over 50 psychiatrists and 2,000 health care professionals, participating members of the MHCA provide comprehensive services specially designed to meet the individual behavioral healthcare needs of Arkansas' citizens.
 
Pam Christie, Executive Director
501 S. Woodlane,
Suite 104
Little Rock AR 72201
Phone: (501) 372-7062
Fax: (501) 372-8039
pchristie@mhca.org
 
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
 
This service is a free library program of Brailled and recorded materials circulated to eligible borrowers. 
 
Library of Congress
1291 Taylor Street
Washington, DC 20011
1-800-657-7323
http://www.loc.gov/nls/
 
National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Arkansas Chapter
 
We help each person address the challenges of MS. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.
 
1100 N. University - Suite 255
Little Rock, AR 72207
Phone: (501) 663-8104
1-800-344-4867, option 2
Fax: (501) 666-4355
Email: ARR@NMSS.ORG
 
Southwest Arkansas Counseling and Mental Health
 
Southwest Arkansas Counseling and Mental Health is a network of outpatient centers that focus on substance abuse and mental health counseling. Offices are located throughout southwest Arkansas.
 
Main Office
2904 Arkansas Boulevard 
Texarkana AR 71854 
(870) 773-4655 
(870) 774-1315
 
Sevier County Office
1312 W Collin Raye Drive
DeQueen, AR 71832
(870) 584-7115 
 
Howard County Office 
508 N. 2nd Street 
Nashville, AR 71852 
(870) 845-3110 
 
Little River County Office
Courthouse Annex
Ashdown, AR 71822
(870) 898-7234
 
Transition Services
 
Arkansas Transition Services is a group of six consultants serving all 75 counties in Arkansas in an effort to improve transition outcomes for students with disabilities. Our mission is to effectively assist students with disabilities, educators, parents, agency personnel and community members in preparing students to transition from school to adult life and reach positive post school outcomes. We provide technical assistance, trainings and consultations to special education teachers and other relevant staff, as well as to various agency personnel.
 
Arkansas Department of Education-Special Education
2402 Wildwood Avenue, Suite 172
Sherwood, AR 72120
501-835-3330
www.arkansastransition.com
Suzanne Ward, Disability Counselor
Suzanne holds a BS in Education and a MS in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling. Contact her for an appointment. learn more >

CONTACT INFORMATION
Suzanne Ward, Counselor
Disability Support Services

1411 N. Constitution Ave, Ashdown, AR 71822
183 College Drive, DeQueen, AR 71832
1558 Hwy 371 W, Nashville, AR 71852

Email: sward@cccua.edu
Phone: (800) 844-4471 Ext. 5261
Fax: (870) 898-4552

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