Respite & Support
99 Balloons offers monthly respite for families with disabled children and siblings free of charge. Learn more.
United Cerebral Palsy offers $1,200/year worth of respite services to families who qualify, based on income. To find out more, call Cheryl Anderson at 479.966.4322 or contact the Northwest Arkansas office at 479.879.3882
Cerebral Palsy Support is a support group for individuals with cerebral palsy and their families, friends, and caregivers. They meet every first Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Camilla Medders at 479.409.2887 or Missy Joyce.
Northwest Arkansas Autism Support Group is a nonprofit organization serving families with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Learn more.
Northwest Arkansas Celiac-Sprue Group is a support group for people with celiac disease. For more information, contact Janice Carmichael at 501.636.8995
Down Syndrome Connection Support Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in Springdale. For more information, contact Jennifer McWhorter at 479.644.9208. Learn more.
PEACE of Northwest Arkansas is a support group for people with epilepsy, their family, and friends. For more information, contact Alan Chronister at 479.799.1614.
Tourette Syndrome Association is a major national health-related organization with more than 30 U.S. Chapters and 125 support groups. The Chapters hold educational conferences, family meetings, picnics and outings, fundraising events, and support groups in their states/areas. For more information, contact Julie Lancaster at 479.366.3903
Spanish Support Groups
Support group for families of children with disabilities in Rogers. Second Saturday of each month at 12:00 p.m. at Soldiers of Christ Church, 2300 S. 13th Street in Rogers. For more information, contact Wendy Guiterrez at 479.866.0332
Support group for families of children with disabilities in Springdale. Third Saturday of each month at 12:00 p.m. at the Community Parent Resource Center library, 614 E. Emma, Suite 219 in Springdale. For more information, contact Elizabeth at 479.927-3283
Hispanic Women's Organization advances educational opportunities for Hispanic women and their families. Assisting with citizenship, voter registration, mentoring, empowerment, and establishing community connections. For more information in English, contact Patricia White at 479.927.4100 or in Spanish contact Elizabeth Scott at 479.927.328 or Cecilia Franco or Ana Orihuela at 479.387-3661
The Arkansas Center for Effective Parenting offers free classes at the Jones Center in Springdale. Learn more.
Arkansas Support Network's Family Support Program provides flexible, individualized support for families. Learn more.
The Northwest Arkansas Community Parent Resource Center is sponsored by Arkansas Support Network, serving families of children with disabilities from birth to age 26. They have an extensive collection of parent resources that can be borrowed free of charge. Learn more.
Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA): Some children with disabilities can be covered under Arkansas Medicaid. Therapy services and some adaptive equipment are covered with TEFRA. To qualify, a child must meet the following criteria: a) be younger than 19, b) be disabled according to the Supplemental Security Income definition of disability, c) the condition must meet medical-necessity requirements, d) cannot have countable resources that exceed $2,000, e) cannot have income that exceeds the long term care Medicaid limit. Parental income and resources are not considered...only the income of the child. Parents whose annual income exceeds $25,000 will be required to pay a monthly premium to participate in the program. Call (870)423-3351. Learn more.
Early Intervention (EI): A funding program through the State of Arkansas to assist any child under the age of three that qualifies for therapy. The paperwork must be signed before the initial therapy evaluation for the evaluation to be covered. Call Artie Herndon at (479)409-9576 and request an evaluation at POST.
Department of Developmental Services Waiver (DDS Waiver): This program provides a respite to parents with disabled children. Medicaid home and community-based waiver services are available to a limited number of individuals as an alternative to ICF/MR placement. With waiver, clients can receive services such as a) case management, b) waiver coordination, c) supported living services, d) non-medical transportation, e) environmental modifications, f) adaptive equipment, g) consultation services, h) supplemental support services, i) crisis intervention services through DDS licensed community providers Call Carol Cromer at (501)683-0569. Learn more.
Supplemental Security Income Benefits (SSI): This program provides disability benefits to children who are under 18 years old and disabled. There is an income requirement to be eligible for SSI. For a family of 4: if the income is $55,000 or less and you have a disabled child, you should apply for SSI. SSI covers all therapy services. Call Benton County DHS at (479)273-9011 or Washington County DHS at (479)521-1270. Learn more.
Medicaid AR Kids A and B: This program offers low-income families a comprehensive package of benefits. For a family of 4: if the parents' income is $31,000 or less, you should apply for AR Kids A. For a family of 4: if the parents' income is $45,000 or less, you should apply for AR Kids B. AR Kids B only covers speech therapy. Occupational and physical therapy is NOT covered by AR Kids B. Learn more.