"Vote as if your life depends on it, because it does..." - Justin Dart
You WONT want to miss this!
October 3rd, 2018
at the Comfort Inn and Suites,
Downtown Little Rock at the Clinton Library 707, Interstate 30
For room reservation contact 501-687-7700
8:30am to 3pm
Summary of topics for registration:
Health Care: Possible discussion items include: access to healthcare services; implementation of PASSE system in Arkansas
Employment: Possible discussion items include: increase support employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities; Employment First opportunities.
Education: Possible discussion items include: moving away from segregated settings; increasing daycare and after school programs for students with disabilities; the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.
Transportation: Possible discussion items include: lack of accessible transportation throughout the state.
Housing: Possible discussion items include: increase accessible affordable housing for individuals with disabilities to live independently; universal design for all new multi-dwelling housing; Arkansas Housing Trust Fund.
Arkansas Disability Policy Consortium
PO BOX 55346
Little Rock, AR 72215
For more information, email: email@example.com
or call ADPC Chair Judy Brooks (870) 733‐4845 or Rodney Farley (501) 682‐1461
Can you believe we're only 3.5 weeks away from being back to school for most of our kids?
We are compiling a list of different back to school activities and help with supplies coming up in the NW Arkansas area. If you have one to add, please email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Back to School Resource Fair - Saturday, July 21st from 11am to 1pm
Altrusa International of Washington County Inc is hosting the Back to School Resource Fair in Prarie Grove on July 21st. The event benefits children and parents in Washington County and will take place from 11am to 1pm at Prarie Grove Elementary. On that day, children will be able to get new backpacks, school supplies, books, and snack packs. Students will even be able to get a haircut at the event. The items and haircuts are available for free while supplies last. A free lunch and a vendor fair will be provided for the parents. There will be an obstacle course with prizes, door prizes, books, and more.
Prarie Grove Elementary School
801 Viney Grove Rd, Prarie Grove, AR 72753
Back to School Bash - Round Mountain Community Church - August 11th from 10am to 12pm
Back 2 School Bonanza - Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 from 4:30pm to 7pm
Tennis shoes, hair cuts, backpacks, socks and underthings, vision and dental screenings, kindergarten school physical. For children in kindergarten through 12th grade. All are welcome, children must be present. For information or to volunteer call 479 267 3180 or 479 530 6412.
Farmington United Methodist Church
355 Southwinds Dr, Farmington, AR
Join us on July 17th at 10am on facebook live to discuss Parent Advocacy! Bring your questions! You can RSVP to the event here to be notified when we go live. See you then!
We have two two hour sessions of our training "Protecting your Child's Future" presented by Collier Moore coming up on June 19th (10am and 6pm) at 614 E Emma Suite 131, Springdale, AR 72764. Get help understanding what measures can be taken to provide financial security for your child with special needs -- where you will learn all about special needs trusts, guardianship, and more. Please RSVP at email@example.com
We still have spots open for Kids Club!
Kids’ Club is a nine-week summer day camp for children with disabilities ages 10 through 17. In addition to fun and engaging daily activities and field trips, campers will take part in job exploration activities.
It’s difficult to find child care for any child who has severe disabilities. When that child reaches the age where most children stop going to child care, it becomes virtually impossible. We know many hard-working families who are placed in serious financial jeopardy each summer as they struggle to provide support and supervision for their children while maintaining employment.
It will be held June 4th to July 27th for ages 10 to 17 in Rogers, Fayetteville, Springdale, Ft Smith, and Siloam Springs. You can find out more information here at www.supports.org or contact Kasi Miller at 479 927 4100.
Play with Passion Joy of Swimming
Easter at Orchards Park
Moving Together: Walk, Run, and Roll!
In 2017, we had our most successful race to date with over 150 participants walking, running, and rolling together. It was a beautiful sight and this year is going to be even better!
Arkansas Support Network’s 6th annual Moving Together: Run-Walk-Roll will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018, and features a chip-timed 5k paved run, chip-timed 10k trail run, and a 1-mile fun walk, roll, and run at Veterans Memorial Park in Fayetteville, AR. The 1-Mile Fun: Run, Walk, Roll is an inclusive event designed for individuals of all abilities to come together and enjoy being active while having fun for a good cause. The 5k course is also wheelchair friendly.
Can’t make it this year? Consider sponsoring an athlete with a disability for just $15!
It’s our 30th anniversary! To celebrate ASN’s founding in 1988, our theme this year will be a flashback to the 80’s! That’s right! It’s time to break out your best 80’s attire. Did we mention there will be a special prize for the best 80’s costume?
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time: Events start at 8 am
Where: Veterans Memorial Park- 4451 N. Vantage Drive, Fayetteville, AR 72701
Why: Proceeds from this event will help fund ASN’s inclusive recreation programs.
Stay up to date. Follow our event on Facebook and like our page.
It's tax time again! The 1st form at the link below you can have completed by your PCP. It's a $500 tax CREDIT for those with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and Intellectual Disability (look at the form to see if you are eligible). This form is good for 5 years, so keep a copy!
Form AR1000RC5 at bit.ly/2nsqzzI
The 2nd form doesn't need your PCP's signature. It's a $500 tax DEDUCTION for those with disabilities (again, see the form to determine eligibility). This one needs to be submitted yearly.
Form AR1000DC at bit.ly/2BDBdZy
Some may also qualify for this one: A credit of up to $2,400.00, per year, per child, is allowed to individuals or to families with a dependent child or children with Phenylketonuria (PKU) , Galactosemia, Organic Acidemias, and Disorders of Amino Acid Metabolism for expenses incurred for the purchase of medically necessary foods and low protein modified food products. Does not require PCP signature.
Form AR1113 at bit.ly/2EnpCAI
If you’re just now finding out about these credits & deductions, you can go back & claim the past 3 yrs also. It’s very easy. You may complete these forms for EACH child you have that qualifies.
Please look at the forms at each of the links to determine your eligibility.
(originally shared from Arkansas Autism Network, links have been updated to reflect 2017 taxes)
Customized skiing and riding experiences for people with disabilities. At the BOEC, they view skiing and snowboarding as sports that can be enjoyed by all!
My family had such a wonderful experience again this year with Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) that I feel like I need to share it with you. Our family (including my 13 year old daughter, whom happens to have Down
syndrome) went snow skiing in Breckenridge, CO over the New Year’s holiday. This was her second time to snow ski with the BOEC. Those of you who know my daughter know she tends to be somewhat stubborn. She either loves a sport or hates it. If she decides she doesn't like a sport, there’s really no quick or easy way to change her mind. The wonderful thing about the Adaptive Ski & Ride School at Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) is the ski instructors take the time to find out what motivates the individual they're working with. Each
individual participating in the Adaptive Ski & Ride School is assigned two
instructors. My daughter's ski lesson this year went something like this… ride ski
lift up the mountain, SKI, make snow angels, SKI, snowball fight... and repeat.
From a mother’s perspective, I could not have asked for a better experience for
my daughter and my family. She loved it and asked to go back, day after day, to
see her “friends”. Ski school with the BOEC allowed my husband and I time to ski
with other experienced skiers with the comfort of knowing that our daughter was in
excellent hands – and YES, she can ski. Again, I highly recommend the BOEC to
any family (with an individual with a disability) thinking about taking a snow
skiing vacation to Breckenridge or Keystone, CO.
This is the link to the ski school
https://www.boec.org/adaptive-ski- ride-school/ .
Scholarships and financial aid are available, upon request.
- Candia Nicholas, Program Director
We think this is awesome -- when you can't get to the art class... the art class will be able to come to you! The WHEEL MOBILE - Art on Wheels!
"This specially-designed Winnebago is a one-of-a-kind, fully functional and self-contained mobile art studio equipped with 8 potter’s wheels, versatile arts spaces, supplies and clean-up facilities designed to offer wheel classes and art workshops throughout the community.
"The Wheel Mobile gives adults, children, students and families direct access to hands-on studio arts where they live, learn, work and play." The Wheel Mobile will offer free arts education programming to low income schools and deliver a wide variety of art and clay classes, workshops and arts experiences in the community. The Wheel Mobile will also be available for corporate team building workshops, birthday parties and community events, festivals and celebrations.
Currently in production at Winnebago Industries in Forest City, Iowa, the Wheel Mobile will roll into Northwest Arkansas to celebrate Community Creative Center’s 10-Year Anniversary in April 2018. " http://communitycreativecenter.org/
Hello! We had such a great turn out for our Youth Inclusion Fair from last year that we decided to do it again on March 8th, 2018 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. We would love to have all of you as a booth or if you're a family with kiddos who have special needs come as a fair-goer! Now that we've done it once we have a little more experience in improving some things and making this year better than ever. Everything is detailed on the application at the link below, however if you have any questions then please direct them toward Veronica Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 479-644-0809). If you know of any inclusive organizations / programs / activity oriented businesses, especially for older kids, please encourage them to apply as well!
Fill out the application here:
THANK YOU for thinking about inclusion and making it a priority in what you do!
Staff of the Northwest Arkansas Community Parent Resource Center (including original content as well as curated links to various authors around the web.)