Arkansas
This Executive Order directs state agencies to coordinate efforts to increase employment of Arkansans with disabilities.
This bill uses the Tobacco Settlement Proceeds Act to expand employment supports and other supports for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This bill appropriates funds to the Department of Education from the Division of Career and Technical Education Public School Fund Account, for Coordinated Career Education Services for Special Needs Students.
This bill establishes the Building Better Futures Program, which enables students with intellectual disabilities to broaden their career opportunities through education and job training in an inclusive and age-appropriate environment.
This bill establishes the Building Better Futures High School Program, which enables students with intellectual disabilities to broaden their career opportunities in an inclusive environment while completing the additional years of high school as allowed by law.
This bill establishes a legislative task force on best practices for special education, which will (among other duties) compare the amount of academic instruction with the training time for independent function and career development.
This bill allows a student with disabilities receiving special education or related services to present proof the student is successfully completing his or her IEP in order to be issued a driver's license, in place of proof of receipt of a high school diploma or proof of a "C" average in the previous semester.
This bill requires that a student's IEP include a transition plan that addresses college and career planning components.
This program offers comprehensive special education instruction for students with disabilities, with a focus on vocational education. Specific subject areas include economics, keyboarding, computer technology, career education, industrial arts, and business education.
Operating Entity: ACCESS Arkansas
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Office of the Arkansas State Treasurer
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program pairs transition-age youth with disabilities with Transition Consultants who connect youth with transition services and provide advice about entering postsecondary education or the workforce. Transition Consultants also provide transition trainings and advice to teachers and education providers.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Transition Services
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
ACCE is a two-semester program on the University of Arkansas Little Rock campus that enables students with disabilities to have a college experience while preparing for employment in a competitive field. Academic support, social support, work exploration, and job placement are all components of the program. It is a partnership between Easterseals Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides habilitative, supervised living, prevocational, therapeutic, and educational services to individuals with developmental disabilities. This program also provides employment prevocational services, teaching participants skills such as compliance, task completion, problem solving, and safety.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides technical assistance to special education teachers and other relevant staff to help them improve transition outcomes for students with disabilities. This includes general assistance and resources, targeted assistance and training for different disabilities, and intensive long-term transition assistance to best guide a student with disabilities through transition preparation.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Increasing Capabilities Access Network (ICAN)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Division of Services for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides training to multiple disadvantaged groups, including youth with developmental disabilities, to help them formulate business ideas and develop self-sufficiency skills.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Human Development Corporation (AHDC)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Arkansas
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps students with disabilities transition to higher education. It focuses on self-advocacy, transitioning, assistive technologies, college survival skills, and more.
Operating Entity: University of Central Arkansas, Disability Resource Center
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides assistance and information to students in 7th-12th grade including academic tutoring, career counseling, college preparation and admission assistance, financial aid guidance, mentoring, and other college or career preparation related services. The program prioritizes students with disabilities and other disadvantaged student populations.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Division of Career and Technical Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Support Network
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program prepares educators, school administrators, related service providers, school counselors, school social workers, community service providers and vocational rehabilitation counselors to effectively support transitions for youth with disabilities.
Operating Entity: University of Arkansas, College of Education and Health Professions
Entity Type: College / University
The Arkansas Department of Human Services has five human development centers throughout Arkansas for individuals with severe developmental disabilities. The Centers provide vocational training, work experience, and job opportunities, among other services.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This one-week camp teaches high school junior and seniors with disabilities various technology skills and interviewing skills and prepares them for a career in the filmmaking industry. It is a collaboration with the Inclusion Film Company.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
The Jump Start Program is a three week camp that provides high school students who are blind or visually impaired (ages 16-21) with soft skills training. This includes job shadowing, independent living instruction, self-advocacy training, and more. The program also assists students in obtaining a part-time summer job after the program's completion.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Division of Services for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps students with disabilities engage in paid work experience and develop work readiness skills before exiting secondary education. It is a collaborative effort between local school districts and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 southern states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Parent to Parent of Georgia
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: The Center for Exceptional Families
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Arkansas
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
SET for Success helps students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan increase their employability skills and develop specific and attainable life goals. Easterseals Arkansas sends representatives directly to Arkansas schools to provide these services.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Arkansas
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program is designed to prepare school-based professionals (social workers, school psychologists, educational leaders, school counselors, special education teachers, and general education teachers) to provide transition services to students with disabilities. Courses focus on transition services for youth with disabilities, including legal considerations, family engagement, and best teaching practices.
Operating Entity: University of Arkansas
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides assistance to all public school districts and educational cooperatives in the state to help them support students who are blind or visually impaired. This includes participating in the student’s transition planning process in collaboration with Arkansas Transition Services and Division of Services for the Blind transition counselors.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Transition Counselors work with students with disabilities to discover their life interests and goals and prepare for employment. They also work with local schools to develop and implement pre-employment transition services.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
VIP is a pre-employment transition service that helps high school students ages 16-21 with developmental disabilities discover opportunities available after high school; learn what is expected of an employee; develop skills to gain competitive employment; and advocate for their rights. It is conducted in partnership with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services.
Operating Entity: ACCESS Arkansas
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides job skills training for students with disabilities, leading to jobs or apprenticeships. Courses include driver's education, automotive technology, certified nursing assistant, construction, culinary arts, and welding.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Arkansas Career Development Center
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: SOURCES for Community Independent Living, Inc.
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
YLF is an annual leadership conference for youth and young adults with disabilities. Programming focuses on self-advocacy, workplace skills, networking, public speaking, and more.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Arkansas Department of Career Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Arkansas produced a webinar describing ways special populations can be served during distance learning. Special populations include students in special education and students with dyslexia.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Department of Education
Arkansas provides a general FAQ document pertaining to special education during distance learning. The document illustrates exactly how schools should provide individualized services to students on IEPs (either in person or remotely), and it describes the procedures by which schools should provide virtual IEP meetings. It also discusses steps and procedures for students with disabilities to receive telehealth services.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Department of Education
Arkansas created a list of special education instructional resources for students, parents, and educators. This list examines individual special education needs and requirements, dividing resources by need and subject area. It also provides a brief overview of many virtual special education resources to best help parents select resources for their child with a disability.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Department of Education
Arkansas provides guidance to ensure school personnel have the most up-to-date information for operating school health programming during the COVID-19 outbreak. These services focus on federal, state, and school level telehealth services, providing multiple potential areas of telehealth access.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Department of Education
Topic(s): Telehealth
Arkansas created a list of supports and accommodations for students with disabilities. It groups resources by grade level. It includes learning resources, resources to assist the employment transition process for students with disabilities, free assistive technology resources, and free telehealth resources for Arkansas students with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Department of Education
Arkansas created a document assisting teachers working with students with significant cognitive disabilities during distance learning. This document includes virtual resources for such students and a suggested daily schedule for students with significant cognitave disabilities broken down by age group.
Operating Entity: Arkansas Department of Education