Arkansas Support Network, Inc.

“Supporting Choices and Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities and their Families since 1988”

aka ASN   |   Springdale, AR   |


We recognize and support every person’s right to be included in the life of the community.

Ruling year info



Dr. Syard Evans

Main address

6836 Isaac's Orchard Rd

Springdale, AR 72762 USA

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NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Recreation and Wellness

Arkansas Support Network’s recreation program includes year-round activities that engage individuals with disabilities. People with disabilities often miss out on recreational and social opportunities. Our Recreation and Wellness initiatives seek to provide people with disabilities inclusive opportunities to engage in sports and activities that enhance self-esteem, improve physical fitness, and form friendships that increase feelings of being an accepted member of a community.

Some of the activities we offer are bowling, softball, volleyball, basketball, track and field, disc golf, floor hockey, swimming, yoga, painting and more. The only way we can continue offering these therapeutic recreational activities is with the support of our community.

Population(s) Served

Since September 1989 Arkansas Support Network has offered Community Living Services. Until recently, individuals who experienced a developmental disability (mental challenges, cerebral palsy, autism, or epilepsy) and could not live within their homes or communities without specialized services or supports often found that the only available choice was institutionalization. The CLS program is designed to ensure that institutionalization is never the only option. Through the use of paid staff and natural supports, we provide individualized services which make it possible for individuals with severe disabilities to thrive in the community. Our CLS staff are recognized statewide for their expertise and dedication.

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.

Provides services which enable individuals who need assistance with activities of daily living to continue to reside in their own homes or with their families.

Provides assistance with coordination of services and community resources, advocacy, planning, and monitoring and evaluation of services provided.

Population(s) Served

The Center for Enrichment offers person-centered programs designed to give adults with disabilities a variety of enriching experiences while gaining skills that can be implemented in their everyday lives. Our primary goal is to promote independence through learning while building self-esteem.

Programs include support, training, and education in the areas of creativity, recreation, nutrition, healthy life, work cooperatives, and literacy.

Population(s) Served

Arkansas Support Network’s Family Support Program is doing what it takes to make it possible for families that include members with disabilities to just be families. Family Support is based on the belief that all children, regardless of any disability, need families and lasting relationships with adults. Children belong at home with their families or, if that’s not possible, with another family. Like all children, children with disabilities need to be members of both families and communities to develop to their fullest potential. Supporting families is a new way of thinking. Until recently, tax dollars were spent paying for institutional and other care outside the family home. Family Support strengthens the ability of a family to keep a child with a disability at home within the family. An effective family support program is one that provides whatever it takes to maintain and strengthen the family’s ability to provide care at home. Because every family is unique, it is impossible to list everything our Family Support Program does. 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.

Population(s) Served

The Community Parent Resource Center(CPRC) provides a full range of training and information services for parents of children with disabilities and serves parents of children ages birth through age 26 with the full range of disabilities. The goal of the Community Parent Resource Center is to work cooperatively with families, schools, the foster care and juvenile justice systems, and other public/private organizations to increase opportunities for successful educational outcomes for all children who lack appropriate access to the educational system and to improve post-high school outcomes for these students.

Population(s) Served

The Arkansas Autism Partnership is a Medicaid Waiver program established and run by Partners for Inclusive Communities, a department of the University of Arkansas, and serves young children with autism between the ages of 18 months and 7 years. (Applicants must be accepted before their 5th birthday to be eligible.) ASN is one of several organizations in Arkansas that provides these supports in cooperation with Partners for Inclusive Communities.

The purpose is to provide intensive, evidence-based intervention for 20 to 30 hours a week in the homes of young children with autism who meet the eligibility criteria. The program lasts a minimum of 2 years and maximum of 3 years per child. There is no cost or co-pay for this program.

A team of professionals evaluates eligible children with autism and, with paraprofessionals, provides one-on-one intervention in their homes for up to 30 hours per week. The team utilizes individualized strategies that have been proven effective with children with autism in building skills in areas of cognition, communication, self-care, socialization, and appropriate behavior. Parents are trained and included as team members.

Population(s) Served

Vocational Foundations is a division of Arkansas Support Network that provides education, job placement, pre-vocational services, and a variety of support opportunities for individuals who have disabilities.

The Workbridge program is a partnership between ASN and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services to provide individuals who have disabilities with intense preparation for the work and social skills necessary to succeed in today’s job market. The program consists of a combination of real work experience at Encore Kids, ASN’s children’s resale shop, as well as classroom-style training focused on the social aspects of employment. After the 70-day program, participants are supported by staff while applying for, accepting, and maintaining their jobs in the community. This ensures the success of our program and more importantly, the success of our graduates.

Supported Employment
The Supported Employment program is designed to assist individuals in finding a job in the community that best suits their abilities and preferences. Training is provided by a job coach at the work site for job skills and work-related behaviors. As the individual gains in skill and confidence, the job coach is gradually phased out. The main goal of Supported Employment is to provide competitive work in integrated work settings for the individuals we support. This program also provides assistance with transportation, specialized training, assistive technology, and individually tailored supervision.

School Work Experience Program (SWEP)
SWEP gives pre-vocational assistance to students attending high school on IEP track, starting at age 16. Students work on many job-related skills, such as writing resumes, doing mock interviews, and filling out job applications. Students also work on life skills, including decision making and effective budgeting. They get hands-on experience with work skills development by attending field trips to local businesses. The goal is for students to learn what it takes to live a productive, independent life in the community after high school.

Population(s) Served

Ticket to Work is a Social Security Administration program for people ages 18-64 who receive Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or both. The goal of the program is to offer job services that will assist eligible SSI/SSDI beneficiaries to enter the workforce and gain more independence. As an Employment Network, we can help walk you through the Ticket to Work process,offer resources to help you in your interview,and help you find a job that suits your challenges and qualifications.

At Arkansas Support Network we believe every individual should have an opportunity for employment and work. Returning to work or perhaps going to work for the first time is possible with the right combination of services and commitment between ASN staff and the beneficiary.

Population(s) Served

The Pam Biesiot Memorial Scholarship honors the life and work of Pam Biesiot who dedicated her life to assisting individuals with disabilities. Pam was one of the “founding mothers” of Arkansas Support Network, and without her hard work and dedication, we would not be here today. Our goal is to find others who believe passionately that no one should live in an institution.

We will award at least one annual scholarship to assist with any eligible educational endeavor, whether it is college tuition and fees or a one-day conference. The funds may be used for any and all costs, including travel, meals, or related expenses associated with training or educational activities which will further Pam’s vision of an inclusive world.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

It has always been our goal to be as responsive as possible to the needs of people with disabilities in Northwest Arkansas.

We envision a future where individuals with developmental disabilities have:

Power and choice in making decisions and directing their lives;
Relationships with people whom they love and care about and who love and care about them;
Recognition for the gifts that they bring to our community;
Active involvement in the communities where they live;
Meaningful employment, which is free of discrimination and maximizes their employment capacity;
Opportunities to live healthy, safe, and enjoyable lives.

We’ve worked hard to consistently provide the highest quality supports for the people we serve, and we’ve developed a reputation as one of the premier service providers in this state. We pride ourselves on our willingness to collaborate with other groups and organizations who are interested in breaking down the barriers experienced by people who have disabilities, and the partnerships we’ve developed with other groups and organizations continue to be models for the country.


Arkansas Support Network, Inc.

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Arkansas Support Network, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/15/2019
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Board chair

Ms. Teresa Jones

Lynn Donald Carver

Trenton Siemens

Angela Bassett

Anita Singer

Lucas Finch

Holly Fields

Monique Jones

Teresa Jones