Ms. Isis Trautman is taking on a new role that includes managing our Family Support Program and Community Parent Resource Center as Direct of Children and Family Services for Arkansas Support Network.
From Colombia, she migrated to the US in 2011. Ms. Trautman’s husband has an intellectual disability secondary to a car accident. Both she and her husband are foster parents to a 3-year-old with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ms. Trautman has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the Universidad Santiago de Cali, Colombia and a M. Ed in Special Education and ABA from the University of Arkansas.
Ms. Trautman has worked for Arkansas Support Network since 2012. During her time in ASN, Ms. Trautman has worked as ABA therapist and case manager, and in 2017 became the ABA Therapy Program Director. As stated, in early 2021 she became the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services and the Project Director for the NWA CPRC.
As a nurse Ms. Trautman was in charge of coordinating and providing health care services for children and adults for intellectual disabilities and other conditions, as well as coordinating public health services for marginalized communities in Cali, Colombia.
Ms. Trautman has always been involved in staff development programs and coordination positions. Teaching and training has become one of her passions and strongholds. Since her early days in ASN, Ms. Trautman has been involved with the NWA CPRC providing interpretation services and support and consultation in the behavioral field for parents and guardians of children and youth during school conferences. Ms. Trautman currently serves in the Arkansas Association for Behavior Analysis (ARKABA) in the practitioners committee, and is a member of the RSA PTI Independent Futures that Work Regional Advisory Committee.
We are very excited about the future of our program as things shift and change to meet the needs of the children and families we serve in Northwest Arkansas. If you have any questions, or would like to wish Ms. Trautman well, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Información de impuestos 2020 en Arkansas para familias que cuidan a una persona con discapacidades
Arkansas permite un ajuste de $500 de ingreso total para un contribuyente que cuida y apoya en su casa a una persona con discapacidades permanentes que no sea su esposo(a).
Para calificar para este ajuste, la persona con una discapacidad debe ser un hijo(a) natural, adoptado o un dependiente del contribuyente.
Para recibir el ajuste de $500, usted necesita completar la forma AR1000DC.
Arkansas también permite un crédito para individuos con alguna de las discapacidades mencionadas abajo usando la forma AR1000RC5. Vea la forma para instrucciones.
La persona tiene que ser diagnosticada con una de estas discapacidades por un doctor:
Síndrome de Down
Pida ayuda a su preparador de impuestos con estas formas.
See the several links to resources on filing your taxes when you are the parent or a caregiver of a child, youth, or adult with disabilities below. Taxes are Due Thursday, April 15th 2021
Disability and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
Individuals with permanent disabilities
Tax Tips for a Parent of a Child with Special Needs
Every year we are approached by several people from educational institutions doing their thesis on various subject matter that greatly involves parents of children with disabilities if we can share their survey with our families. Some of these studies even involve compensation or the ability to win something. Take a look at the surveys opportunities we've been offered below.
Researchers from Wingate University would like to learn more about the school-based telehealth services you and your child received during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This survey should take you 20 minutes to complete. You do not have to take this survey, but it will help us with our research if you do. Please consider taking this survey if your child: 1. was receiving school based physical therapy services before the COVID-19 Pandemic; 2. received at least 10 hours of telehealth school based physical therapy services during the COVID-19 Pandemic; 3. received services that were live and not taped. If you have any questions about this survey, you can contact the primary researcher, Mary Swiggum, at (434) 221-0091. If you have any concerns about your privacy, your rights, or any issues related to your participation in this study, please contact Amie Naylor at email@example.com.
Continuation of this survey signals that you consent to participating in this research. Here is the link to the survey: https://wingate.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0pIPkmR3M2YLV2d The survey will remain open until March 10, 2021. Thank you for your participation.
Survey link: https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=WXPHC39FMJ
We have recently received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval to conduct a survey study. As a result, we are currently seeking primary caregivers of individuals who have complex communication needs. The goal is to gather primary caregivers' perspectives on the training received (if any), to support and enhance their child's communication skills. By gathering information and variables that lead to positive and negative experience we hope to make recommendations and to outline key elements to minimize experiences that may be contributing to high levels of communication system abandonment and decrease the impact these systems may have on the family.
The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. All responses are confidential. Only the principal investigators will have access to the completed surveys. If you are willing to participate, click the link at the end of this email to access the consent form and please complete the survey entirely. For your convenience, we have set the survey so that you can stop and come back to it at any point (by clicking "save and return later"). REDCap will provide you with a unique code that you will need to enter in order to return to your survey, so please be sure to save that unique code. There is no compensation for participation in this survey; but we appreciate your time and willingness to help us learn from you.
For your information, below we have provided some additional details on the study
Thank you for your willingness to consider participating in this project.
Survey link: https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=WXPHC39FMJ
In-person events and activities are still limited as we continue practicing safe social distancing and sheltering in place. With that in mind, virtual social activities are a good option for people we support to remain socially engaged with others!
Hosted by Achilles International- Arkansas
Achilles International- Arkansas is a local running, walking, rolling group for people with disabilities. They typically host weekly workouts but have shifted to having virtual hangouts instead. This is a great meet up for folks interested in health and fitness but is also open to everybody.
This event is for adults and children.
Day: Every Saturday
Time: 9AM Central Time
Zoom Meeting ID: 868 3241 8538
Hosted by Shoot for the Stars NWA
Shoot for the Stars is a nonprofit in NWA that provides dance classes to children of all ages with disabilities.
Day: Beginning Febuary 12th..every Friday until April 16th
Time: 4-4:45PM Central Time
Registration Link: https://www.shoot4thestars.org/dance-classes
Registration is free. All participants will receive a t-shirt.
This event is for children.
I Want to Be in Charge!
Tuesday, November 24th from 1-2:15 PM CT via Zoom.
This training is for people with disabilities to understanding speaking up for yourself and knowing how to make informed choices from real life situations, and for providers to support them the best way for each person.
You can register for this event by registering here: https://uark.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_01I8Ij9rGzPNr5b or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include any accommodations needed in the email. The Zoom link and password for the event will be sent out no later than the morning of the event to the email listed in the registration.
What’s the Deal with Ableism?
Tuesday, December 8th from 1-2:15 PM CT via Zoom.
This training is mainly for people with disabilities, advocates, and family members to learn about the importance of advocacy. It will define ableism, give examples of ableism and show how ableism contributes to the stereotypes/labels put on people with disabilities which does not keep people with disabilities safe.
You can register for this event by registering here: https://uark.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4T0hnPxvQ78MxjT or by emailing email@example.com. Please include any accommodations needed in the email. The Zoom link and password for the event will be sent out no later than the morning of the event to the email listed in the registration.
Since our community is beginning to slowly open back up, Arkansas Support Network (CPRC) decided to make a whole new tab on our website containing resources for all things surrounding the issues our community is facing with COVID-19 and it's after effects. These include food resources, COVID-19 hotlines and evaluation sites, and also how to apply for benefits and economic assistance.
This is available in English and Spanish. Take a Look by clicking the image below.
Walmart and Quest have opened up testing to ANYONE with COVID-19 symptoms, starting immediately. We need help getting the word out to the community, so potentially infected residents can have an opportunity to be tested. The testing site has been moved from the David Glass Technology Center parking lot to the west parking lot of the Walmart Home Office, located at the intersection of 8th and Walton. The process remains the same, with people using the Quest app to schedule an appointment.
Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and all healthcare providers and first responders. For more information on testing eligibility please see CDC guidelines:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/priority-testing-patients.pdf.
• The drive-thru will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.
• Please arrive no more than 10 minutes before your appointment time.
• You must first qualify for COVID-19 screening and schedule an appointment at:www.MyQuestCOVIDTest.com
• Walmart Home Office parking lot: 702 SW 8th Street, Bentonville, AR 72716
• PLEASE NOTE: Testing is not available in any Walmart store or in any Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Center.
What to bring/things to note:
• The testing site will require an appointment through Quest’s MyQuestTM online portal and app. You will receive an appointment confirmation that you will need to have on hand when you arrive on-site.
• In addition, please make sure to bring your insurance card and valid photo ID for proof of identity.
•Those being tested will need to stay in their cars for verification of eligibility criteria, ID check and sample self-collection. For the safety of all those on-site, the test site is not able to service those who walk up.
Crystal Bridges has several fun (and free!) family and access programs coming up. This is for families in Northwest Arkansas.
Upcoming programs at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art are listed below:
Ongoing: Drop-in Artmaking
Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4pm
Drop in Estes Studio every weekend between 1 and 4 p.m. for creative artmaking for all ages inspired by an artwork in the museum! Free, no registration required.
January 25, 11-2pm
Explore art with all of your senses on this multisensory self-guided tour of the museum’s galleries facilitated by our access and inclusion department. Open for all! Free, no registration required.
Family Sunday » I Heart Art
February 9, 12-5pm
Mark your calendars for our eighth annual I ♥ Art Family Sunday! Bring your loved ones to Crystal Bridges to enjoy performances, artmaking, valentines, creative play, gallery activities, and more for a Valentine’s-themed day. Don’t forget to pick up a paper heart in the lobby and show your love to your favorite artwork with #HeartsforArt! Free, no registration required.
Family Access Night
March 6, 6-8pm
Family Access Night is a fun night out for families with children of all abilities to visit the museum. Youth with disabilities and their families participate in engaging activities including gallery tours, studio art activities, and performances by local entertainers. The event is free, and pre-registration is encouraged. Questions? Call 479.657.2415 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free, register online or with Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
One District One Book
March 8, 1-4pm
Join us for a wrap-up celebration of the One District One Book reading program! The whole family is invited to enjoy an afternoon of fun with games, exploration, and art projects featuring our friends from Bentonville Public Schools, Bentonville Public Library, and other community collaborators. Free, no registration required.
Spring Break Specials
March 21-March 29, 1-4pm
Spend your Spring Break afternoons at the museum! Welcome spring with fun and free artmaking, activities, and performances all week. Free, no registration required.
ArtShare » Friday Night Fun
April 3, 6-8pm
ArtShare: Friday Night Fun is a fun event for youth with autism and their families where families explore the galleries, participate in hands-on activities, and create art together. The event is free, and pre-registration is encouraged. Questions? Call 479.657.2415 or email email@example.com. Free, register online or with Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Slow Art Day
April 4, 11-6pm
Crystal Bridges is joining museums around the world in celebration of Slow Art Day! This annual event, dedicated to slowing down, reflecting, and finding the joy in art, will feature special in-gallery activities designed to keep you focused on the art for 10 to 15 minutesㅡor longer! Come ready to spend quality time in the galleries with artworks from our permanent collection and celebrate the joy of looking together. Great for all ages! Free, no registration required
All internal spaces at the museum are wheelchair accessible.
Sign language interpretation available upon request with advanced notice based on availability. Please contact here to schedule.
Find more information about the museum’s accessibility here.
Senior Museum Educator and Accessibility Coordinator
2020 Summer Camps, Activities, and Respite for Children with Disabilities in the NW Arkansas and Surrounding Areas
It's never to early to start planning for summer plans when you have a child with special needs. Below is a comprehensive list of summer camps, activities, and respite that will be available in the NW Arkansas and surrounding areas for this coming summer of 2020.
Arkansas Support Network Kids Club
Located in: Springdale, AR
Ages: 14-15, 16+
Camp Type: Day Camp
Description and Camps Offered:
Kids Club: Kids Club 2020 will have a work-based focus designed to encourage 14-15-year-olds to begin thinking about work opportunities and vocational skills as they approach the transition into adulthood. Campers will have the chance to participate in field trips throughout the area. During the summer of 2019, 2 three-week sessions were offered, the summer 2020 schedule will be finalized in February. To register, or for more information, contact ASN at the number listed below.
Transition Program: The Transition Program provides work-based experience for young people 16+ to help focus and hone their skills and interests for future work opportunities. All campers will need a referral to be submitted from Arkansas Rehabilitation Services by March 2020.
Contact: (479) 927-4100; https://supports.org/
Located in: Gentry, AR
Ages: 6-12, 13-22
Camp Type: Overnight
Description and Camps Offered: Camp Acacia currently offers one-week sessions of summer camp for individuals with diverse abilities based on camper age (6-12, 13-22) and the amount of support needed, whether that is a 1:1, 2:1, or 3:1 camper to counselor ratio. Camp activities focus on social skills education and community-based recreation activities. Each of the 6 week-long camps are dedicated to a specific age range and support need.
Contact: 479-466-2006; https://campacacia.org/
Camp Aldersgate, Inc.
Located in: Little Rock, AR
Camp Type: Overnight and Day options available
Description and Camps Offered: Camp Aldersgate’s Summer Camps serve children with medical, physical and developmental needs. Camp offers traditional summer camp activities such as campfires and singing, canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, swimming, and nature hikes as well as adaptable adventures to serve children of all abilities, including an accessible ropes course, carousel, archery range, and a professionally-led SCUBA experience.
Summer Medical Camps: Five summer sessions are dedicated to children with specific medical conditions, including muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, diabetes, heart conditions, arthritis, kidney disorders, cancer, bleeding disorders, and asthma.
Kota Camps: Two summer sessions for campers with various disabilities and non-disabled siblings and friends.
Pediatrics Plus Summer Day Camp: 6-week day camp for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder hosted in partnership with Pediatrics PLUS of Arkansas. Program is currently FREE to children that qualify for therapy services through the EIDT program.
Contact: 501-225-1444; https://www.campaldersgate.net/
Located in: Purdy, MO
Camp Type: Overnight
Description and Camps Offered: Camp Barnabas is a Christian ministry that provides camping experiences to individuals with special needs and chronic illnesses, along with their siblings. Each weeklong camp is focused on a specific age group and set of diagnoses so that each camper is in a cabin with others similar to themselves. All campers are matched with a 1:1 volunteer to support them to engage fully in their camp experience.
Contact: 417-522-6011; https://www.campbarnabas.org/
Camp Type: Day Camp
Description and Camps Offered: Targeted Day Camp for children with autism. Details to be confirmed in late December
Contact: 479-575-3215; firstname.lastname@example.org
Champions Special Ministries
Located in: Springdale, AR (Cross Church Springdale)
Camp Type: Day Camp
Dates: June 15-19
Description and Camps Offered: Champions Special Ministries is a Christian ministry that seeks to provide fun, engaging, and inclusive summer programming for individuals with disabilities. Their full week day camp pairs all campers with a 1:1 volunteer to support them as they engage in sports, crafts, themed parties, Bible study and more. Registration begins January 15th.
Contact: 479-466-1860; https://www.championsspecialministries.org/
Located in: Different NWA locations each week
Camp Type: Weekly social skills groups
Description: Based on interest, Playability Counseling offers 8-week social skills groups of 3-6 participants, matched by age and ability level, that focus on different topics each week. Topics can include conversations, personal space, boundaries, and tone of voice. Groups meet in various locations to children can learn and practice in places they would normally be (bowling alley, park, etc.).
PlayStrong Pediatric Therapy
Located in: Rogers, AR
Camp Type: Day Camp
Description and Camps Offered: Depending on interest each summer, PlayStrong Pediatric Therapy may offer day camp programming. Follow their website and Facebook page for details which are expected to be finalized in April 2020.
Contact: 479-246-0101; https://www.facebook.com/playstrongtherapy/; http://www.playstrongtherapy.com/
Arkansas Autism Foundation – Special Respite Grant
Description: Up to $200 available to put towards any type of respite including private babysitters, summer camps, or other activities that would give respite to the family.
Contact: For more information and to apply, go to: https://arkansasautismfoundation.org/outreach/grants/
Year-Round Respite Opportunities
99 Balloons – rEcess
Description: rEcess is a respite project that provides fun evening programming for children with disabilities and their siblings so that parents can enjoy a few hours of respite. All children with special needs are paired with a 1:1 adult volunteer while their siblings participate in their own specially designed programming.
Locations and Contact Info:
Bentonville – New Heights Church: email@example.com
Fayetteville – 99 Balloons: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fayetteville – Christ Community Church: email@example.com
Fayetteville – (rEcreo) Grace Church of NWA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Harrison – First United Methodist: email@example.com
Rogers – Fellowship Bible Church NWA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Aldersgate, Inc – Weekend Camps
Description: Camp Aldersgate’s Weekend Camps provide developmentally appropriate opportunities for our campers that promote cognitive, physical, social and emotional growth in a fun, engaging, camp setting. Activity planning for each weekend includes a mix of physical activities, art, outdoor activities and structured and free-play. Weekend Camps are open for each camper to attend a maximum of six times in a school year.
Location: Little Rock, AR
Eligibility: Children 6-18 who receive special education services in the school setting, require use of assistive devices and adaptations to complete Activities of Daily Living, and are eligible for one of the summer camps at Aldersgate.
Camp Acacia – Acacia Play and Acacia Explore
Description: Acacia Play is a full 12 hours of fun at Camp Acacia once a month, in non-camp months. Based on a theme, Acacia Play allows campers the chance to have an awesome time with their friends and gives parents a full weekend day of respite.
Acacia Explore offers two monthly community-based recreation events for campers and their friends and family members.
Location: Gentry, AR and wider Northwest Arkansas Area
Website: https://campacacia.org/acacia-explore; https://campacacia.org/acacia-play
Accessible Family Activities
Autism-Friendly Jump Sessions at DEFY Rogers
Description: DEFY Rogers (Formerly High Rise Extreme Airsports) hosts Autism-Friendly jump sessions throughout the year. Sessions are not regularly scheduled, but are posted on their Facebook and Instagram pages as they are scheduled.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/defyrogers/?rf=270185523005733
National Parks Access Pass
Description: U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents with permanent disabilities are eligible the America the Beautiful Access Pass which provides free admittance to more than 2,000 recreation sites across the country. Applicants must provide documentation of proof of residency and documentation of permanent disability. Passes can be obtained by applying in person at certain federal recreation sites, by mail, or online. The access pass is free, but a $10 processing fee is required.
For more information:
Sensory Friendly Movie at AMC Fiesta Square 12
Description: Lights turned up, sound turned down, these sensory-friendly showings welcome singing, shouting, and dancing in the aisles. The AMC Fiesta Square offers showings that are family-friendly, and showings for more mature audiences on alternating weeks.
For more information: https://www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films
*If you know of a camp, funding source, respite opportunity, or accessibly family activity not listed here, please contact email@example.com so your information can be shared!
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