List of State Resources - Arkansas

Autism SpeaksAutism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout life, to the needs of people with autism and their families.
Arkansas Autism Resources & Outreach Center (AAROC)AAROC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide hope, direction and support to the families of people diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder through activities such as parenting support, education and training, awareness and advocacy.
Arkansas AutismThe website provides general information on
interest to the autism community. Information comes from a variety of sources that may be of interest to parents, professionals, or individuals within the spectrum.
Community ConnectionsIt was established in 2005 as a non-profit organization when Todd and Amy Denton saw that many children with disabilities did not have the opportunity to play sports and participate in the arts like their siblings and peers. Out of this need, Community Connections was created to provide extracurricular activities for children with disabilities and support for their families.
Arkansas Advocates for Children & FamiliesThe mission of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is to ensure that all children and their families have the resources and opportunities to lead healthy and productive lives and develop their full potential.
Arkansas Children’sArkansas Children's is the only hospital system in the state dedicated exclusively to child care, allowing the organization to uniquely shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas. Its system includes two hospitals, a pediatric research institute, a foundation, clinics, education, and outreach.
Family Support Program &
Northwest Arkansas
Community Parent Resources
Website features Autism Guides for Parents, Educators, and Self Advocates, Autism Network of Arkansas, Autism Resource Guide, National Center for Professional Development for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Adults youth with autism spectrum disorder - 2014 Report, among other services.
Arkansas Families FirstArkansas Families First offers counseling and behavioral therapy services, psychological testing, career testing, medication administration, parenting and adoption evaluations, nutrition and dietetics.
Arkansas Autism PartnershipIt is a Medicaid waiver program established and administered by Partners for Inclusive Communities, a department of the University of Arkansas, and serves young children with autism between the ages of 18 months and 7 years. (Applicants must be accepted before their 5th birthday to be eligible.) ASN is one of several organizations in Arkansas that provides these supports in cooperation with Partners for Inclusive Communities.
Riley’s Warriors
Resources for Special Needs
Children, Adults and Families
The blog Provides resources for families of children and adults with disabilities to help them cope with life's challenges. has a wide list of accessible resources for anyone who needs it.
Millcreek Behavioral HealthMillcreek Behavioral Health provides exceptional treatment for children, adolescents and adolescents struggling with behavioral, developmental and mental health disorders. Its programs include the Developmental Disabilities Program, the Psychiatric Disorders Program, Education and School.
The Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS).The Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) believes that clients with disabilities and developmental delays and their families should have options when selecting services that will help them thrive. That is why they offer high-quality services in homes and communities, as well as in 24-hour residential programs.
Little Rock Family Special Needs Resources Guide This website functions as a guide where you can search for resources based on the categories found there. Within these categories are ASD, ADD / ADHD Learning disabilities, Therapy, Education, Recreation,
Behavioral problems and others.
The Center for Exceptional
An extensive list of state, national, and military resources in the state of Arkansas is located on the site.
Center for Disease Control and PreventionThe network aims to obtain as complete a count as possible of those identified with ASD and to track changes in prevalence, in order to provide information on the characteristics of autism spectrum disorder
Arkansas Department of Human ServicesThe site provides a guide to frequently asked questions about autism spectrum disorder and what to do when faced with different situations that arise with your child.
Arkansas Autism And Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (AR ADDM) ProgramIt is a program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to estimate the number of children with ASD and other developmental disabilities living in Arkansas, using surveillance methods inspired by the Metro Atlanta Disability Surveillance Program.
Autism Resource and Outreach Center of Arkansas (AAROC)The center provides training, technical assistance and support to parents who have children diagnosed with ASD. They also help parents navigate the service system, how to interact with special education services in schools and practical strategies.
Arkansas Autism FoundationThe foundation promotes activities aimed at developing social skills, opens the doors to jobs or internships in local companies, supports and fosters the local entrepreneurial spirit, supports companies that specifically seek to train and hire people with autism and more.
The Arc Autism Now
Arkansas Autism Resources
The website provides general information on autism, stories from families affected by ASD, a list of books and educational materials, as well as information on upcoming events.
Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD)Promotes the integration, inclusion, and dependence of people with developmental disabilities in Arkansas. For this, there are key activities that include support programs to identify and eliminate barriers to information, services and support.
Early autism servicesThey provide ABA therapy services to diverse communities around the world, their services include home and center-based ABA therapy, occupational, speech and language therapy, telehealth services, social skills groups, teens, and free apprenticeships. They have a highly qualified and certified staff.
Autism support of nwaIt is a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives of People With Autism by Connecting the Community of Northwest Arkansas Through 4 main programs. The AIM2HELP program that seeks to offset the financial burden on families. The AIM2EDUCATE grant seeks to support local public school teachers and therapists who serve children with special needs. The AIM2GATHER program encompasses a variety of family events and finally the AIM2INFORM program offers educational conferences on topics related to caring for a person with autism.
Easterseals ArkansasEasterseals offers a variety of exceptional services, education, outreach and advocacy to help people with disabilities meet life's challenges and achieve personal goals, everything from child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities.
Ag For AutismAs a nonprofit charity, it is an alliance of agricultural businesses dedicated to helping local children and families affected by autism. , was established to bring together local agriculture-related businesses and other local businesses to raise donations and hold ongoing fundraisers, with proceeds going to area autism therapy and education programs.
BlueSprigThey are leading ABA therapy providers nationwide. The team includes highly-skilled board-certified behavior analysts and registered behavior technicians dedicated to offering personalized care. Services include home and center services, family counseling assistance, and ABA therapy. Accept most major insurance policies
SageWay. Behavioral HealthSageWay Behavioral Health is a leading ABA therapy provider serving individuals and the community through behavior analytics services. Their services encompass individual ABA therapy, social skills group, care coordination, caregiver collaboration, community consultation, and professional development.
Up Autism centerThe UP Autism Center provides evidence-based intervention, education, and training to children with autism and their families. They have a full-time program that provides the opportunity for your child to receive intensive ABA therapy. Your child's program will be designed and supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who works as a team.
Autism connectAutism Connect seeks to help parents whose children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder by providing easy access to a community of parents, professionals, resources and treatment options that best fit the needs of their child.
Compass AcademyCompass Academy is a private, not-for-profit school that was developed for children with developmental disabilities or difficulty adjusting to the public school environment. They serve special needs including Autism Spectrum Disorder, including Asperger Syndrome, Apraxia of Speech, ADD/ADHD, ODD/OCD, Specific Learning Disabilities, Developmental Delays, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.
Arkansas autism allianceThe Arkansas Autism Alliance provides information related to the spectrum covering topics such as the general definition of autism, types, symptoms, causes, treatments, and more.
Cerner Charitable FoundationThe Cerner Charitable Foundation issues community grants that fund economic stability, education, social and community context, health and healthcare, and the neighborhood and built environment. Provides funds for children whose families cannot afford medical care, equipment, vehicle modifications, or travel related to care. Supports the efforts of nonprofit community organizations in areas where Cerner associates live and work. Please review the attendance criteria and financial guidelines to determine if your child qualifies for funding.
Arkansas Behavior Support SpecialistsProvides educators with the support and services necessary to implement evidence-based behavioral practices that meet the needs of all students, serving 75 counties statewide performing autism identification, staff training and coaching, functional behavioral assessment, and behavior intervention plans.
Arkansas Support Network’s (ASN)The Arkansas Support Network (ASN) Family Support Program specializes in helping parents/guardians navigate special education, providing training and information for all types of families including: foster families, underserved communities, parents of youth in the juvenile justice system and advocates for themselves. The program provides support to parents or guardians to better understand how to advocate for their children with disabilities.
AIM ClinicsThey offer age-specific programs designed to meet all skill levels and needs, giving children the support they need to reach their goals. AIM clinics foster a better ABA environment for children and therapists, with reduced caseloads, industry-leading low turnover rates, rigorous thought leadership, and empowering professional development opportunities.
Little Rock Children’s ClinicThe clinic is staffed by a team of pediatricians, nurses, and a specially trained pediatrician to offer patients preventive health services, diagnostic medicine and treatment, patient and family education, counseling for children and adolescents, and more.
Arkansas Disability CoalitionIs a statewide nonprofit organization that provides health-related support, information, resources, and training. ADC offers the following programs: FAMILY 2 FAMILY HEALTH INFORMATION CENTER (F2F HIC) and PROJECT DOCC.
Autism Advocacy ProgramThe University of Central Arkansas Autism Advocacy Program seeks to help students with autism transition to and succeed in the higher education setting. The program provides support to students, parents, and teachers, while helping students learn to advocate for themselves. The Autism and Neurodiversity Transition Program works closely with our Disability Resource Center
Autism Therapy and ServicesKidspiration is an early intervention family day treatment center serving children with special needs. their services include ABA therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and developmental therapy. In the link you can find specific services for autism.
Operation AutismOperation Autism is a web-based resource designed and created specifically to support military families of children with autism. It is the shared product of the vision and energy of the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) and the financial support of the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. OAR's intent in developing this resource is to provide access to quality and evidence-based information about the disorder, identify sources of treatment and support on and off-base, and offer advice to address some of the unique challenges posed by the Military life for army-dependent children with autism and their families.
Arkansas Insurance Requirements for Autism Spectrum DisorderThe following information is gathered from state statutes and regulations. The mandate requires that health benefit plans be issued or renewed on or after October 1, 2011, to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. Treatment includes: Applied Behavior Analysis when provided or supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst; Pharmacy care; psychiatric care; Psychological attention; Therapeutic care (including services provided by licensed speech therapists, occupational therapists, or physical therapists); and Equipment determined necessary to provide evidence-based treatment; provided such treatments determined by a licensed physician to be medically necessary and evidence-based.
Therapy InsiderIt is a leading family advocacy and consulting organization, serving parents of at-risk teens in Arkansas who are seeking the optimal therapeutic program for their struggling teen. It is a powerful resource for parents of teens or young adults struggling to cope with complex challenges, such as emotional issues, behavioral issues, or developmental vulnerabilities, served by therapists, psychiatrists, and psychologists, as well as mental health professionals.
EduCare. New Program for Online Students with Autism Spectrum DisorderArkansas State University has launched EduCare, a comprehensive online program that provides support and opportunities for students with autism spectrum disorder who are interested in pursuing a college degree online. This program is designed to eliminate the challenges associated with traditional four-year degrees while preparing students for post-graduation employment.
Arkansas Autism ConnectionArkansas Autism Connection is an Arkanzas State Approved Provider. The center provides treatment, intervention and diagnostic services for people with autism in Northwest Arkansas. They also offer outpatient/home treatment. During in-home treatment, one-on-one applied behavior analysis is provided, as well as individualized services to meet the needs of each child.
New focus academicNew Focus Academy helps students with autism gain autonomy and is one of the best boarding schools for autism. Students participate in educational, experiential, vocational, and social skills training to create positive change in their lives. Experienced therapists and coaches provide guidance and positive feedback to help students reach their specific goals.
Elizabeth Richardson CenterERC is the most comprehensive provider of disability services in Northwest Arkansas. provides Early Intervention services to children ages six weeks to five years who have been diagnosed with a developmental delay or disability. These include prematurity, cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, or seizure disorders, among others. It also serves adults ages 18 and older in a wide variety of programs including vocational training, supported employment/job placement, life skills training, community engagement, residential options, and recreational activities.
Hearts & Hands of CareThey offer family support and home care services to help families caring for a disabled or ill family member. Its wide variety of services include homemaker assistance services, respite services that allow primary caregivers to rest, day rehabilitation services, supported employment services, residential rehabilitation services, among others.
Disability Right ArkansasDRA is an Arkansas advocacy organization that provides information on voting rights, self-advocacy, and laws and policies that affect the lives of people with disabilities. Their advocates and attorneys advise people with disabilities and advocate for their civil and legal rights in the state of Arkansas.
Little Dippers Survival SwimProvides survival services through swimming for children of all abilities, ages 6 months and older. They have 2 survival programs: child survival and floating swimming (where babies and children will learn to roll on their back, rest and breathe for a prolonged period of time and children who walk learn to swim. On the other hand, they offer classes in parents and children aimed at children from 4 to 28 months and designed for parents to help their baby learn to float, dive, close the mouth and control breathing.

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