Resources for Special Needs Children, Adults and Families

Activities for Individuals with Special Needs

Arkansas Special Olympics – An organization that helps people with disabilities reach for their goals through personal achievement

Camp Aldersgate – A camp for special needs children, teenagers and adults.

Camp Quality Arkansas – A camp for children with cancer.

Community Connections – A non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in Arkansas. Their goal is to help families address various health, developmental and social needs by offering comprehensive programs and services not currently available in our Arkansas community. – A resource dedicated to accessible travel information.

The Miracle League of Arkansas – A baseball league for children and adults with special needs.


The Academy at Riverdale – A private school for children with special needs, located in Little Rock, Arkansas.

ACCESS Group, Inc – A nonprofit organization designed to meet the needs of children with language learning differences and their families. ACCESS has schools for ages 6 weeks through high school.

The Allen School – A private school for children with special needs, located in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Easter Seals Arkansas – A non-profit organization providing education, therapy and rehabilitation resources for special needs children and adults.

Specific Diagnoses


Autism Speaks – The nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism.

Music As Therapy For Autistic Children – A summary of the benefits of using music in therapy for children with autism.

Birth Injuries

Birth Injuries

Celiac Disease

National Celiac Association

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Guide

United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas – A non-profit organization based in Little Rock, Arkansas, for parents of children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities who
cannot find assistance other than state run institutions.

Down Syndrome

Arkansas Down Syndrome Association – A non-profit organization providing resources to adults with Down Syndrome.

Hearing Impairment

Rights for Those With Hearing Loss

Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy Association – A national voluntary health agency dedicated to conquering more than 40 neuromuscular diseases that affect a million Americans of all ages.

Therapy Services

Chronic Pain Relief with Swimming Exercises

Easter Seals Arkansas – A non-profit organization providing education, therapy and rehabilitation resources for special needs children and adults.

How to Stay Physically Active: Aging Well with a Physical Disability

Increasing Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilities

Music as Therapy: How Music Can Make You Healthier

Music Therapy

Stay Active with a Disability: Quick Tips

Top Tips for Getting Fit if You’re Disabled

Other Organizations

Disability Rights Arkansas – A non-profit organization which serves as the rights
protection and advocacy system for persons with disabilities in Arkansas.

Arkansas Department of Human Services

Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc. – AEDD’s mission is to provide optimum comprehensive services to developmentally disabled individuals through the administration of direct service programs.

Ascent Childrens Health Services – Ascent is a leading provider of community-based programs providing early developmental intervention day treatment services and mental health services to infants, children, adolescents and families in Arkansas.

Medical Home, Arkansas – A website is dedicated to all families and health care professionals who provide nurture and care for children with special health care needs.

National Disability Institute – The National Disability Institute is a national research and development organization with the mission to promote income preservation and asset development for persons with disabilities and to build healthy financial futures for Americans with disabilities.

Employment Resources

100+ Great Jobs for People with Disabilities to Get You Out and Earning

Career Guide for Students with Disabilities

Career Resources for Americans with Disabilities

How to Navigate Common Concerns When Job Hunting with a Disability

Resources for Job Seekers & Employees

Should I or Shouldn’t I? – This piece is all about “deciding if, when, and how to share disability-related information with a prospective or current employer.”

Financial/Tax Resources

Arkansas Income Tax – AR1000RC5 – Developmentally Disabled Individual Certificate

Arkansas Income Tax – AR1000DC – Disabled Child Certificate

Arkansas Income Tax – Instructions for AR1000 and AR1000NR

Disability Accommodation Cost Guide

Financial Aid Opportunities For Disabled Individuals

Financial Resources and Discounts for Students With Disabilities

IRS Publication 3966 – Living with Disabilities

Mortgage and Home Loan Help Guide for the Disabled – To help individuals living with disabilities, and their family members, in the process of buying a home of their own.

Personal Finance Guide for People with Disabilities

The Simple Dollar – A variety of financial information about banking, investing, insurance, etc.

Tax Tips for the Legally Disabled – Some Income Tax tips from Intuit (makers of TurboTax)

Housing/Independent Living/Accommodations

Disabled Renters’ Housing Rights

Disability Rights in Housing

Fire Safety and Disabilities Guide

Grants for Home Modification: 16 Resources for Homeowners with Disabilities

Home Offices for People with Disabilities: How to Make Your Space More Accessible

Home Remodeling for Disability and Special Needs: What You Need to Know

Home Safety for People with Disabilities

Kitchen Safety for Disabled Children

The Ultimate Guide to Home Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

Other Resources

Depression and Disability: A Practical Guide

Disability Resources from the Department of Labor

How to Cope with Sudden Illness or Disability

Learn About the Different Types of Service Dogs

The Morgan Project

Novastor – Computers and Software Helping the Disabled

Pathfinder, Inc. – A list of disability-related resources in Arkansas.

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs

The Slippery Slope of Pain Management: The Guide to Preventing Addiction for People with Chronic Pain

Special Needs Resource Project – An outstanding list of disability-related resources by state.

Working with Students with Disabilities – Helpful information from on working with students with disabilities.