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Arkansas - Where To Find Disability Assistance in Arkansas

State Disability Resources for Arkansas

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If your child has a disability, and you do not know where to find help, check out this list of essential resources available in your state. These essential contacts offer the most commonly needed services and can provide you with referrals to other appropriate services as well. If you have difficulty contacting any of these resources, please feel free to email me at: learningdisabilities.guide@about.com.

1. Department of Education - Special Education - Ages 3 - 21


The Arkansas Department of Education oversees disability education services to children. It monitors school districts for compliance with IDEA and state special education regulations. The Department of Education handles formal complaints, due process hearings, and mediation on special education issues.

Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Special Education Programs

1401 W. Capitol, Suite 450
Little Rock, AR 72201
Telephone: (501) 682-4221
Website: Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs

2. Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities


The Department of Health & Human Services provides services to infants and young children with disabilities such as developmental instruction, and speech, physical, and occupational therapies.

Birth to Age Two:
Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
P.O. Box 1437, Donaghey Plaza, North-5th Floor, Slot N504
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437
Telephone: (501) 682-8668
Toll Free: (800) 643-8258
Website: First Connections - Arkansas Infant and Toddler Program
Ages Three to Five:
Arkansas Department of Education Preschool Programs, Special Education Unit
1401 W. Capitol, Suite 450
Little Rock AR 72201-2936
Telephone: (501) 682-4225
Website: Early Childhood Special Education

3. State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency


The Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Department of Workforce Education helps people with disabilities live more independent lives by providing education, support, and services to assist them with becoming employed. The department works with middle schools, high schools, and higher education to help students with disabilities access appropriate supports for employment and independence such as job coaching, teaching skills, support in job placement, assistive and adaptive supports, and more.

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Department of Workforce Education
1616 Brookwood Drive
Little Rock, AR 72203-3781
Telephone: (501) 296-1616
Website: Vocational Rehabilitation Services

4. Mental Health Services Agencies


The Department of Health Services Division of Behavioral Health provides services to individuals and families dealing with mental illness, mental retardation, and substance abuse. Services include advocacy, nursing home screening, psychiatric services, intervention, coordination of treatment, case management, and more.

Department of Health Services
Division of Behavioral Health

4313 W. Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
Telephone: (501) 296-1775 (Voice and TTY)
Toll Free: (800) 482-1174 (Voice and TTY)
Website: Division of Behavioral Health Services

5. Disability Advocacy Services


The Disability Rights Center offers information and referrals relating to disability issues, a resource database for self-advocacy, education and training in disability rights, and individual case advocacy.

Disability Rights Center
1100 N. University, Suite 201
Little Rock, AR 72207
Telephone: (501) 296-1775 (Voice or TTY)
Toll Free: (800) 482-1174(Voice or TTY)
Website: Disability Rights Center

Client Assistance Program
Disability Rights Center
1100 N. University, Suite 201
Little Rock, AR 72207
Toll Free Telephone: (800) 482-1174
Telephone: (501) 296-1775 (Voice/TTY)
Website:

6. Programs for People with Developmental Disabilities

Programs for People with Developmental Disabilities
Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 1437, Slot N501, 7th and Main Streets, 5th Floor
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437
Telephone: (501) 682-8665
(501) 682-1332 (TTY)
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Councils on Developmental Disabilities Governor's Developmental Disabilities Council
Freeway Medical Tower
5800 W. 10th, Suite 805
Little Rock AR 72204
Telephone: (501) 661-2589
Website:

7. Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs

These agencies provide services to address complex medical, self-care, and educational needs. Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs
DDS Children's Services
Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 1437, Slot S380
Little Rock AR 72203-1437
Toll Free Telephone: (800) 482-5850, ext. 22277 (in AR)
Telephone: (501) 682-2277
Website:

8. Children's Health Insurance Programs

State CHIP Program (health care for low-income uninsured children) ARKids
Division of Medical Services
Arkansas Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 1437, Slot 295
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437
Toll Free Telephone: (888) 474-8275
Website:

9. Programs for Children and Youth who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

These agencies typically provide assessment and diagnosis of hearing impairments and deafness, educational programs, and assistance with getting appropriate interventions.

Deaf ACCESS
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
#26 Corporate Hill Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
Telephone Numbers:(501) 686-9680
(501) 686-9836 (TTY)
Website:

10. Communications Relay Services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Speech Impairments

Communication relay services provide vital access to communication technology for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have speech impairments. Telecommunications Relay Services
Toll Free Telephone Numbers: (800) 285-1121 (Voice)
(800) 285-1131 (TTY); 711 (TTY)
(866) 565-9823 (Speech to Speech)

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