Advocacy

The Arc Arkansas started actively advocating for systems change in 1994 after becoming certified by the Council on Quality and Leadership (The Accreditation Council). By facilitating and using outcome based supports and services, initial changes included downsizing The Arc's ten bed group homes to four and five bed homes and closing the Sheltered Workshop in exchange for Supported Employment and part-time jobs in the community.

With the Supreme Court decision , Olmstead vs. LC, The Arc continued its role of advocating for systems change. The Arc took a lead in encouraging the state to move toward the development of a system that would be more responsive to each person with a disability. Cynthia Stone, Chief Operations Officer of The Arc Arkansas, chaired the Governor's Steering Committee to implement Olmstead and went on to serve on the Governors Integrated Services Task Force.