Access & Accommodations

Access And Accomodation

Access and Accommodations assist Arkansans with disabilities to live and work more independently through the expertise in, use of, and access to various services and assistive technology. Access and Accommodations is comprised of several programs that vary in their focus and mission to assist a diversity of population groups.

Need accommodation due to a sensory, learning, or physical impairment? Need assistance returning or staying at work? Have difficulty communicating over the phone? Feel like assistive technology is too expensive? Maybe you just don’t know what kinds of services or devices are available. Access and Accommodations has a program to assist you!

Alternative Financing Program

The Alternative Financing Program (AFP) is a resource designed to assist Arkansans with disabilities in obtaining assistive technology equipment and services designed to improve or maintain independence, to better quality of life, and/or assist in becoming more productive members of the community.

More on the Alternative Financing Program

Arkansas Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities

Mission: The Arkansas Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities in Arkansas. The GCOPWD was established in 1946 by then governor Ben T. Laney at the request of President Harry S. Truman. The current commission was established by passage of ACT 911 of 1985 to advocate for the rights and full participation of persons with disabilities in Arkansas. Members are appointed by the Governor with fifty-one percent or more of the commission made up of individuals with disabilities.

Arkansas Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities

Assistive Technology at Work ([email protected])

[email protected] is an assistive technology service designed to assist Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) counselors to ensure their clients receive the maximum benefit from assistive technology in their quest to achieve educational, employment, and independent living goals. Assessments are designed to identify the appropriate technology that best benefits the client and provides the counselor with the sources and costs for obtaining the recommended technology.

Program staff includes occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, assistive technology specialists, and rehab technicians.

[email protected] provides assistive technology assessment and consultation services regarding ARS clients referred by their counselors to the program. Where possible [email protected] staff complete assessments at a time and place convenient to both the referring counselor and client. Assessments are designed to identify the appropriate technology that best benefits the client and provides the counselor with the sources and costs for obtaining the recommended technology. [email protected] staff can also complete a review of similar benefits to assist the counselor in accessing those funding sources. Training with the client on the correct use of the recommended technology and follow-up services are also provided.

You may contact the [email protected] office at:

501-730-9725 or 501-683-3009 (Voice/TDD)

Email: [email protected]

Disability Van Accessible Parking (Arkansas Act 799)

Disability Van Accessible Parking allows room for people to load or unload a wheelchair, scooter, walker, or similar device used to transport a person who has limited or no use of their legs.

Enforcement of Act 799 went into effect January 1, 2019, to regulate Disability Van Accessible Parking penalties. Act 799 specifically defines that the vehicle authorized to park in the Van Accessible Parking space must be used to transport a person with limited or no use of their legs and uses a wheelchair, a three or four-wheeled scooter, a four-wheeled walker with a seat, or similar device.

Act 799 defines authorized parking use of a Van Accessible Parking space via a Van Accessible Parking decal. Law enforcement officers have clear authority to enforce the provisions of Act 799 on private and public property, such as at a mall, retailer, grocery store, private agency in the state, and other public venues.

Van Accessible Parking Graphic

Increasing Capabilities Access Network – ICAN

ICAN is the Arkansas statewide Assistive Technology program designed to make technology available and accessible for everyone who needs it. iCAN stands for Increasing Capabilities Access Network and Tools for Life is our philosophy—assistive technology for everyone! Assistive Technology (AT) is any kind of device or tool that helps people live, learn, work, and communicate more independently. Our goal is to help you bridge the gap between ability and disability using AT. AT can be very simple and inexpensive, like a modified knife and fork, or it can be very sophisticated and costly, like a computerized speech device. ICAN offers a number of services to help Arkansans of all ages find the AT tools they need for home, school, work, and getting around in the community. These FREE services are for any Arkansan with health issues or disabilities without regard to age, disability type, income, geographic area, or eligibility for any other program.

For more information, visit the iCAN website:

Stay at Work/ Return to Work (SAW/RTW)

SAW/RTW is designed to provide support to employers when assisting employees that experience injury or illness that results in disability in remaining at work or returning to work as soon as it is safe and medically feasible. Specialized assistance can help identify accommodations and assistive technology in the workplace or determine potential assignments for transitional employment.

Find out more about Stay at Work/Return to Work

Supported Housing Office/Independent Living

The Supported Housing Office (SHO) acts as a resource to ARS clients when obtaining affordable, permanent and, when needed, accessible housing to live stable, productive, and independent lives. Primary services available include (1) Information and referral regarding the various local, state, and federal affordable housing programs; and (2) Consultation and technical assistance as it relates to determining reasonable solutions to accessibility issues caused by disability within the home.

Contact Information:
Phone: 501-683-3009
Email: [email protected]

Supported Housing Website Links:

Arkansas Development Finance Authority

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Arkansas

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development - Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services

Arkansas Fair Housing Commission

Telecommunication Access Program (TAP)

The Telecommunication Access Program (TAP) provides specialized telecommunication equipment to eligible Arkansans who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, or who have a speech, visual, mobility, or intellectual impairment. TAP removes the barriers to telecommunication access through the delivery of adaptive communication technology.

For more information, visit the TAP website: