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Arkansas Support Network
Arkansas Support Network was established in May of 1988 as Family Support Services, Inc. A small group of parents and volunteers incorporated and were licensed by the state to provide support and assistance to a limited number of families who had children with disabilities living in the home with them.
Since 1988, we have added a number of programs and services to complement our original Family Support program. Our guiding principle in 1988 was the belief that individuals who have disabilities and their families should be in control of service delivery. Our job is to assist, not to control. With every service that we have added since 1988, we have tried to adhere to this philosophy.
It is our belief that every person has the right to live in a home and in the community as an active and accepted member. Our intent is to support the presence and participation of children and adults with developmental disabilities in their homes and communities.
Programs and Services Include:
Family Support Program – At Arkansas Support Network, we provide a flexible and individualized system of supports which regards the family unit, not just the child with a disability, as the focus. Our goal is to provide assistance and supports which enable children, even those with very severe disabilities and health care needs, to live in their homes and participate in the life of their community.
Kids Club – In 1997, Arkansas Support Network started a four-week, half-day summer camp for kids with disabilities ages ten through seventeen. Since 2000 we’ve provided this service, which we call KidsClub, in partnership with the Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club. Since that time we have continued to work hard to make KidsClub available and accessible to more families in Northwest Arkansas. In the past, families traveled from Rogers, Springdale, and Siloam Springs to bring their children to the Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club. This was more than an inconvenience for families—it also meant that these kids weren’t able to spend summers with kids from their own neighborhoods and schools. To offer improved availability and accessibility to families in the region, we currently operate KidsClub in partnership with The Jones Center for Families in Springdale, the Rogers Activity Center, and the Siloam Springs Boys and Girls Club. In these four locations, our most recent KidsClub had a total enrollment of over 55 kids.
Community Living Services – Supported Living: Provides a range of services, from minimal assistance to full-time live in support, which assist individuals in living in their own homes and communities.