_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.
Corporate Information: Arkansas Support Network, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization dedicated to providing the highest quality services and supports possible for individuals who have disabilities. Our Board of Directors is an active group of concerned citizens which is representative of the families and individuals that we serve and of the communities in which they live. We believe that our agency has a responsibility to the whole community. We have taken a leadership role in a number of community advocacy and policy-making positions which extend beyond those normally considered "disability" issues. Our board is committed to the concept of equal access to supports, services, and community resources for all citizens.
The Board of Directors meets six times per year. Meetings are scheduled for the last Monday of these months: July, September, November, January, March, and May. All board meetings are held at our administrative offices; 6836 Isaac’s Orchard Road, Springdale, Arkansas, 72762. The public is invited to attend. The public is also invited to attend all meetings of the various committees of the Board of Directors. For a specific schedule of meeting dates and times, please contact
Licensing Information: Our agency is monitored by the Arkansas Department of Human Services. We are licensed annually by the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services and the Division of Children and Family Services. In addition, our Supported Employment program and our other vocational programs are monitored by Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, a division of the Department of Education.
Sources of Funding: We are supported by state and Federal grants which are matched by contributions and by our United Way funding. As is the case in most nonprofit organizations, our government support is decreasing annually while the need for our services grows.