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Sarah – Center for Training & Wellness Representative
Since Sarah was accepted in 2020 at Eastersals, she has loved every minute of it. She enjoys all of the activities at CTW and making friends. Sarah aspires to one day be a wedding planner.
Octavia – Little Rock Developmental Preschool Representative
Octavia, known by her friends at school as “Tavi,” is a vibrant ray of sunshine at Little Rock Developmental Preschool. She lights up the room with her bright personality, which can only be described as “bigger than life.”
Peyton – Academy at Riverdale Representative
Peyton, a teenager who attends our Academy at Riverdale, could not read or even spell his name before enrolling in our private school two years ago. He is able to read now and his confidence and abilities have soared!
Mason – Employment Programs Representative
Mason represents our employment programs. His gainful employment through our ACCE program allowed him to buy his first car – a 2014 Dodge Charger! He was the first student to obtain his driver's license through the program and to obtain a job in his class.
Zoey – Stacey & Allen Homra Child Development Center Representative
Zoey represents Easterseals child development center in Stuttgart. She conquers her world each day with a spirit that never gives up. Some of Zoey’s favorite things are dancing, singing, swinging, and exploring the world around her.
Henry – Outpatient Therapy Represenative
Henry represents our Outpatient Therapy Program. He has been receiving therapy services at Easterseals since he was nearly 2 years old and loves to learn.
This lively crew will represent Easterseals Arkansas at various events throughout the year. Adult Rep Miracle enjoys her time at our Adult Center for Training & Wellness, while Youth Rep Jessica is one of our bright Academy at Riverdale students. GPCDC (Grand Prairie Child Development Center) Rep Jackson, represents our child developmental center in Stuttgart; and Child Rep Emanuel "Manny" Esquivel is one of our Little Rock Developmental Preschool's stars!
Autism Ambassador Aaron Likens Shares COVID-19 Concerns
Easterseals Arkansas Autism Ambassador Aaron Likens shares what it's like living through the COVID-19 pandemic as someone on the spectrum.
Charlee – Community Services Representative
Charlee is our Community Services ambassador and is no stranger to Easterseals Arkansas programs.
Michael – Community Living Representative
Michael represents our Community Living program. He resides at Armistead Village, which is close to UAMS – his place of employment.
Valerie – Little Rock Developmental Preschool Representative
Valerie has been with Easterseals since May 2017.
Aniya – Children's Rehabilitation Representative
Aniya represents our Children's Rehabilitation Center. She is a ray of sunshine in the classroom and enjoys being a part of the Upper Classroom's coffee shop.
Edward – Bulter Adult Living Center Representative
Edward represents our Butler Adult Living Center, where he's been a resident since 1992.
Easterseals ACCE Student Earns Award
The 2019 Student Achievement Award by the Council for Exceptional Children was given to Allyson Cameron.
One Man's Easterseals Journey from Preschool to Adulthood
Johnathan Watson is a prime example of Easterseals Arkansas' continuum of services. He started at Easterseals in 2003 when he was enrolled in our Little Rock Developmental Preschool. The summer before his senior year, he participated in our high school transition program –
SET for Success – and completed his work experience in that program at our Children's Rehabilitation Center.
Now, he participates in our college program, ACCE, at UA Little Rock, and lives independently at one of our apartment complexes.
Services for Adults with Disabilities
For over 70 years, Easterseals Arkansas has put hope within reach for thousands of adults and their families in Arkansas. We provide a variety of home and community-based services, affording opportunities for adults to live, learn, work and play in their community. We also provide resources, support, and education for family members and caregivers.
Trey Schultz: SOARING Toward His Dreams
Trey Schultz may have been born with limits, but because of encouraging parents and a caring team at Easterseals Arkansas when he was a boy, the now 34-year-old is living life to the fullest. This proud Easterseals Preschool graduate now calls San Antonio, Texas, home and travels the world as an airline pilot.
Putting the Soul in Art & Soul
The beauty of Art & Soul is that is showcases the different ways we can express ourselves regardless of our ability level. That idea is what makes this annual event so special, according to event chair Erin Dees. “I love that it brings out a talent in practically everyone no matter their disability or skill level. Art is something that everyone can benefit from and this event benefits all of Easterseals Arkansas,” she says.
Meet the Academy at Riverdale's New Director of Education
Our Academy at Riverdale has a new director in the lead. Karye Brockert comes to the private school for children with developmental disabilities with years of educational experience. The mother of a child with a developmental disability, she provides further insight to fellow educators and parents.
Careers at Easterseals Arkansas
Are you looking for a career at Easterseals Arkansas? We are searching for people who want to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.
Congratulations, 2018 ACCE Graduates!
Another group of ACCE graduates is more prepared to compete in the workforce following successful completion of our college program in partnership with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In addition to on-the-job training and class instruction, ACCE (Academic, Community, Career Development and Employment Program) participants also enjoy being active in the college experience by attending Trojan games and engaging in homecoming festivities.
ACCEing the College Life
Jon Michael, 19, is one of our glowing students enrolled in our college program at UA Little Rock for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Academics, Community, Career Development and Employment Program (ACCE) is an opportunity for students to have a college experience and prepare for competitive employment.
Independent Living Through Wilson Court & Waiver Services
Wilson Court, one of our apartment communities, has helped Matthew gain an independent lifestyle. Helping him maintain this independent lifestyle are employees through our in-home Medicaid Waiver services.
Volunteer Spotlight - Jeff Heacox
Windstream and Easterseals Arkansas have a very long relationship of both corporate sponsorship and volunteer efforts by individuals. At the 2017 Annual Meeting, Jeff Heacox, who works in Windstream's Regulatory Compliance Department, was honored for his craftsmanship at Children's Rehabilitation Center.
Meet our 2018 Representatives
It will be a fun year with this crew, representing Easterseals Arkansas at various events throughout the year. Philip continues on as our Adult Rep, with Kala'Bria as the new Grand Prairie Child Development Center Rep; Griffin (wearing glasses) as the new Child Rep; and Zack Gridley, who is continuing his second term as our Youth Rep!
A Year of Many Firsts
2017 has been a year of many firsts for Londyn! She’s been working hard with her Easterseals speech therapist, and it’s paying off. Her mother Sarah recently heard her say “bye-bye’ clearly for the first time.
Easterseals Adds New Programs
Easterseals adds several new programs this year to increase our services for teens and adults with special needs. ACCE at UA Little Rock, Academy at Riverdale for K–12 students, daily lunches and Be Well and Thrive at our Center for Training & Wellness and a new transition program for high school students coming this summer.
Angela is one of Easterseals newest volunteers. “I want to give back because Easterseals has done so much to help Jaelyn, my son,“ said Angela. Jaelyn is learning important computer skills at our Center for Training & Wellness.