ASCC Mission Statement
The mission of the Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission is to administer a statewide program to identify and meet the unique and lifelong needs of people with spinal cord disabilities in the state.
Each year nearly 200 Arkansans sustain spinal cord disabilities that are severe enough to limit their ability to function in their homes, jobs and leisure activities. For most of these individuals, the disability is permanent, causing limitations in their mobility, sensation and other functional abilities. Despite these catastrophic disabilities, many of these individuals go on to live long, productive lives. It is the goal of the Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission (ASCC) to ensure that all persons with spinal cord disabilities in our state are provided every opportunity to live as independently and productively as possible.
The Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission is a state agency devoted to meeting the needs of people with spinal cord disabilities in the state. The spinal cord may be damaged by trauma, infection, tumor, developmental defect, or degenerative disorders such as multiple sclerosis. The damage may be complete or incomplete.
To be eligible for services from the ASCC, individuals must be an Arkansas resident, have sustained damage to the spinal cord and demonstrate three of the following four medical conditions:
There are some exceptions and special situations concerning the eligibility requirements. To determine if you or someone you know is eligible for services from ASCC, please contact the Central Office at (501) 296-1788 or (800) 459-1517 or contact a regional office.