Partners for Inclusive Communities (Partners) is Arkansas’ University Center on Disabilities. Administratively located within the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions. Partners is a member of the nationwide Association of University Centers on Disabilities – AUCD.
Partners’ Mission is inclusion of people with disabilities in community life.
Definition of Inclusion: When everyone is valued and involved in society and community living.
- Information Sharing
- Practical Support
Our Beliefs and Values
Disability is a natural part of the human experience that in no way takes away a person’s right to fully participate in all aspects of society. Opportunities to take part in society on an equal level with others should be available without social and environmental barriers.
This includes the right to:
- be treated with respect,
- exert control and choice over our own lives,
- live where and with whom we choose,
- develop friendships and relationships,
- live free of violence and other forms of abuse,
- pursue gainful employment,
- receive supports that strengthen families,
- receive quality education in inclusive settings,
- participate in and contribute to our communities, and
- pursue our own dreams.
UA Partners Updates
The staff of the University of Arkansas – Partners for Inclusive Communities continue to be active and provide programming and services. Staff are working remotely and face-to-face events have been cancelled to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, as per U of A policy. Meetings and services are being provided by phone and video conferencing technologies. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or need information or training.
- COVID-19 – Older Adults and People with Disabilities: The Administration on Community Living provides helpful guidance.
- Arkansas Health Department COVID-19 Information: Latest information on Coronavirus within the state of Arkansas.
- Hesperian Health Guides: COVID-19: Information about COVID-19 in plain language, in English and several other languages.
- Affirm’s COVID-19 Toolkit: Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times.
- Administration for Community Living: Supporting Community Living during COVID-19: CARES Act and Civil Rights Protections: Summarizes provisions in the CARES Act that relate to disability.
- National Disability Institute: Impact on the Disability Community – Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and Family First Response Act: A preliminary analysis of the possible impact on individuals with disabilities and their families, disability-related nonprofit organizations and publicly- funded systems (education, health, workforce development) that must treat children, youth and/or adults with disabilities and their families as a protected class who should benefit from these targeted resources.
- Centers for Disease Control – COVID-19 and People with Disabilities: Summarizes how disability may interact with risk of COVID-19 infection.
- DREDF – Applying HHS’s Guidance for States and Health Care Providers on Avoiding Disability-Based Discrimination in Treatment Rationing: Lists guiding principles for avoiding disability discrimination in treatment rationing.
- Disability:IN – Digital Access and Working Remotely: The sudden switch to remote work due to the global coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of digital accessibility at work – wherever that work takes place.