The Arc Arkansas offers a variety of programs and services to more than one hundred individuals with disabilities. These programs and services are designed to meet the individual needs of each person we serve. Programs focus on each person’s unique abilities and how best to develop and integrate those skills into society, a concept too often overlooked in the lives of people with disabilities.
Our programs and services include:
Performing and Visual Arts
Independent Apartment Living
The Arc Arkansas began 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 in 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 Governor’s Integrated Services Task Force.
The Arc Arkansas continues to be an advocate on issues affecting the lives of Arkansans with disabilities.