The DISABILITY RIGHTS CENTER OF ARKANSAS (DRC) is a private non-profit agency with offices in Little Rock, Arkansas. Since 1977 the Governor of Arkansas has designated DRC the independent rights protection and advocacy system for persons with disabilities in Arkansas. DRC operates under authority outlined in Federal law, is funded primarily by the Federal government, and is governed by a Board of Directors. DRC has less than 20 staff members, two advisory councils (PAIMI/AC and PATBI/AC), and collaborates with other disability rights and civil rights organizations, agencies, the private Bar and Legal Services to accomplish our goals and objectives.
PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY SYSTEMS (P&A) like DRC are established in every state and U.S. territory. We carry out activities under several federal programs to provide a range of services to advocate for and protect the rights of persons with disabilities throughout the state. To learn more about the Protection & Advocacy/Client Assistance Program system then visit the National Disability Rights Network website.
- DRC operates eight federally-funded programs to advocate for and protect the rights of Arkansans with disabilities.
- DRC is part of a nationwide network of congressionally mandated legally based disability rights agencies.
- DRC has the authority to provide legal representation and other advocacy services, under all federal and state laws, to all people with disabilities (based on a system of priorities for services).
- DRC has the authority to enter any facility in Arkansas that provides care or treatment to persons with disabilities, in order to carry out its mandated rights protection and advocacy activities.
- DRC services are available to individuals in all parts of Arkansas.
- DRC services are provided at no charge to the individuals receiving those services.
- DRC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), click here.
For more information on our mission statement and priorities, our programs and eligibility criteria, contact information and more, you can download our four-page brochure available in Adobe PDF format.
Disability Rights Center of Arkansas provides protection and advocacy services to people with disabilities in Arkansas under these Federal programs:
- PADD - Developmental Disabilities
- PAIMI - Mental Illness
- PAIR - Individual Rights
- CAP - Client Assistance Program
- PAAT - Assistive Technology
- PABSS - Beneficiaries of Social Security
- PATBI - Traumatic Brain Injury
- HAVA - Voting Access
DRC Issue Areas
- Community Integration
- Housing and Homeless Issues
- Juvenile Justice
- Abuse and Neglect
- Voting Access
- ADA Access
30 Years of Advocacy - 1977 to 2007 Highlights
Read the highlights of our advocacy work for our first thirty years.