Further Details: Southwest ADA Center Regional Affiliate – Arkansas

Southwest ADA Center Regional Affiliate — Arkansas

The Southwest ADA Center Regional Affiliate — Arkansas is one of a five-state collaboration funded through the Southwest ADA Center, a program of the Independent Living Resource Utilization (ILRU) in Houston, Texas, and serves Region VI within the ADA National Network. As a regional affiliate, the project focuses on increasing the capacity of Arkansas agencies — higher education institutions, criminal justice system agencies, and others — to improve access for people with disabilities. A leadership consortium, established by the project, will develop community leaders knowledgeable of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) who will serve as resources and trainers across the state. Project staff are available to provide training and technical assistance on topics related to the ADA — physical access, programmatic access and digital access. We maintain a list of resources on the ADA and topics related to access.

The goals of this project are as follows:

Goal 1: Provide training and technical assistance to increase capacity of Arkansas organizations to provide both physical and programmatic access to citizens with disabilities.

Goal 2: Increase capacity of Arkansas IHEs to create and maintain accessible websites and digital environments.

Goal 3: Develop a leadership consortium to develop and guide community leaders to support and sustain knowledge of the actual ADA law including the broader “spirit” of the law in the state of Arkansas.

Goal 4: Increase capacity within the criminal justice system (law enforcement, court professionals and victim advocates) to provide access to Arkansans with disabilities.

This project is funded through the Southwest ADA Center, a program of ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization), at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas. The Center is funded by a grant (90DP0022-02-01) from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this website do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

For more information contact:
Melanie Thornton, M.A., mthornt@uark.edu
Roberta E. Sick, M.Ed., C.R.C., L.P.C., sick@uark.edu

Project Resource: exploreaccess.org