The Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission is pleased to announce that it will now hold its biennial spinal cord injury/disability conference on Thursday, October 21, 2021. The conference will be held at the Benton Event Center located at 17322 I-30, Benton, AR 72019.
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The mission of Promoting Positive Emotions (PPE), a Crisis Counseling Program, is to help individuals and communities mentally and emotionally recover from disasters such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Crisis Counseling services are free to Arkansas residents and can easily be provided via video or phone for those who don't feel comfortable with in-facility visits.
Crisis Support Line: 833-993-2382
The PPE program is administered by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Aging, Adult, and Behavioral Health in coordination with local providers throughout the state and is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
At the Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission, one of our primary goals is to "advocate for the needs of people with spinal cord disabilities." As such, we network with other agencies in order to do just that. One of those agencies is the Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities (GCPD).
We understand that many of our clients already know the law, but it can be beneficial to have access to the latest info in order to share and inform others who may need additional education on these matters.
Attached here is latest brochure on the Van Accessible Parking Act (provided by GCPD). In very brief summation, the striped spaces are for use by individuals requiring additional space to enter/exit their vehicle (via ramp for example).
Also of note, Arkansas law states that "Any law enforcement officer in this state may enter upon the parking space, parking lot, or parking facility of any private [or public] agency in this state for the purpose of enforcing the provisions of this subchapter with respect to accessible parking." A.C.A. § 27-15-306 (2018) [PDF]
If you suspect misuse of an accessible parking space, you can report it online (link below) or by phone (1-866-NOPARK5) through the Department of Finance & Administration.
Other Relevant Links:
ASCC News on the Van Accessible Parking Act (plus a link to the Application for a Van Accessible Decal)
A.C.A. § 27-15-306 (2018)
Link to Lexis Advance on the above Arkansas Code
Camp Aldersgate is working on virtual camps for this Summer in order to keep campers safe. This includes Spina Bifida Camp. You can find their official response letter linked below. Follow them on Facebook or visit their website for updates. We will also be sending out letters to eligible campers for this year to provide updated information.
Arkansas Spinal Cord Foundation (ASCF) announces the Sandra Turner Memorial Scholarships for 2020 with a “CALL FOR APPLICATIONS.” We encourage those wanting to further their education to apply. ASCF’s mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with spinal cord injuries and those who live with challenges associated with spinal cord diseases such as Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, and Spinal Spondylosis.
Applications for Spring 2021 are due on or before September 15, 2020. Applications for Fall 2021 are due on or before March 15, 2021. We encourage any individual with a spinal cord disability who is enrolled or planning to enroll in college or vocational/technical school to take this opportunity to apply for assistance. Please review the Scholarship Announcement document for eligibility requirements. If eligible, use the application form below to apply.
If you have any questions, please contact Mandy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: If you are unable to type in the application form, you will need to save a copy of the application to your computer and open it using Adobe Reader.
The Arkansas Department of Health is looking for volunteers to assist in the COVID-19 outbreak response. Would you like to volunteer? If so, we need your name, address, phone number, and license/specialty. You would only be called if the need arises in your location and specialty area. Please send us the above info at email@example.com! Thank you and take care!
The 2020 Arkansas Trauma Rehabilitation Symposium has been canceled.
This event was scheduled for May 14-15 in North Little Rock. It will not be held this year in order to protect the health and safety of attendees and speakers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
As the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, begins affecting Arkansans, we want to make sure you know where to go for the latest information and resources. See the links below to pages from ADH and CDC for this info. We're also attaching guidelines from the CDC on decreasing the spread of COVID-19.
Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) website:
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website:
Come Join Us for Our First Adaptive Bowling Event for The Spinal Cord Injury And Disability Community of Arkansas!
November 2, 2019 12-2 pm
Free Bowling And Lunch Provided!
Allfam Bowling and Entertainment Center
2350 Lakewood Dr.
Cabot, AR 72023
Call or text Cheri at (501)-860-4756 to RSVP
Our Little Rock location is moving!
We will no longer be located in the Prospect Building on N. University. We're moving just a few miles down the road to:
Freeway Medical Tower
5800 W 10th St
Little Rock, AR 72204
During the move, our phones will go straight to voicemail the weekend of September 7-8 and for a short time the morning of Monday, September 9. Please leave a voicemail and we'll call you back when the phones come back up.
If you have an emergency, please call 911.
Southern Sportsmen Foundation is pleased to announce their 2019 hunt schedule for whitetail deer. This hunt is for individuals that have a severe mobility impairment &/or a life-threatening illness.
The youth “Hunt of a Lifetime” will be held near Mineral Springs, AR November 1-3, 2019 at Starch Creek Hunting Club. This event is for youth hunters up to 18 years old.
Youth hunters must be able to arrive by 3:00 PM on October 31st for a pre-hunt orientation & must be accompanied by at least one parent or legal guardian.
The adult hunt nicknamed the “Redneck Safari” will be held near Foreman, AR November 13-15, 2019.
Adult hunters must be able to arrive by 11:00 AM on November 13th and are welcome to bring a non-hunting companion. Six (6) disabled hunters and two (2) alternates will be drawn for this event. Every year hunter’s have had numerous shot opportunities with most hunters bagging a deer.
For both hunts lodging, meals & license will be provided by the foundation. However, hunters will be responsible for their travel expense. Hunters born after December 31, 1968 & at least 16 years old must possess a valid hunter’s safety card. All hunt applications must be received by September 15, 2019. Hunters chosen will be notified by September 30, 2019. For your convenience an application is linked below.
For more information contact Mike Cranford at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do not apply for this hunt unless you are serious about attending.
From the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation:
A voice is a powerful thing. For individuals living with paralysis, it can be their greatest asset. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Google Nest are joining forces to provide up to 100,000 FREE Google Home Mini devices to individuals living with paralysis and their caregivers, bringing real help to real homes through voice-enabled technology.
We live in a world where technology has unlocked unforeseen possibilities. However, even the best ideas can gather dust unless the right partners work together to bring them to life. We are proud to join forces with Google Nest and foster greater freedom at home.
It’s fitting that today—the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—we are announcing an extraordinary partnership that extends the impact of this landmark legislation to achieve greater inclusion and independence for individuals living with paralysis.
Get your free Google Home Mini today! #PowerOfVoice #HelpfulHome
More information here: http://googlenest.reevefoundation.org
Save the Date for the 2019 Brain Injury Conference:
Friday, August 9, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Benton Event Center
For more information, please contact John Hopkins
Register online at https://2019braininjuryconference.eventbrite.com
Spina Bifida Camp is just about a month away! Last year was a lot of fun for campers. Don't miss out on your chance to join the adventure this year!
Camp is June 16-21 at Camp Aldersgate in Little Rock. The application deadline is May 25, 2019 (less than 2 weeks away)! We still have spots available.
All campers must be a current Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission client and between the ages of 6 and 16.
If interested, contact Bradley at (501) 296-1788 or (800) 459-1517 or email at email@example.com.
REMINDER: This new law is in effect. Please be sure to educate friends and family on the use of van accessible parking spaces. The striped spaces are for use by individuals requiring additional space to enter/exit their vehicle (via ramp for example). Report misuse at the link below:
The Arkansas Spinal Cord Foundation presents Shooting for a Cause!
The shooting trap will benefit children and adults with SCI/D. This event will be held on Saturday, March 9 at the Arkansas Game & Fish Trap Shooting Complex.
February 28, 2019
For more information, call Mandy Carmack at (501) 247-1977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALL PROCEEDS support ASCF spinal cord injuries / disabilities, services and education opportunities. ASCF is a nonprofit organization.
Lindsey Overman and her daughter are attempting to break the world record for longest line of moving wheelchairs. The current record is 351. The event will take place on April 6, 2019 at the University of Central Arkansas HPER Center in Conway, AR [Google Maps link]. Attendees can use any type of wheelchair and the perso
n does not have to utilize a chair. Anyone can use a wheelchair and participate as well.
Follow the event page on Facebook.
Register to attend for free at Eventbrite.
The Arkansas Chapter of the United Spinal Association is hosting an Adaptive Recreation Expo on Saturday, October 6, 2018, 10:00am to 3:00pm. The event will be held at The Center at Bishop Park in Bryant, AR (Google Maps link). The park is located at 6401 Boone Rd, Bryant, AR 72022. Attendees will have an opportunity to try adaptive equipment and participate in Wheelchair Basketball, Scuba Diving, Handcycling, Golf, Tracker Chairs, and more. For more info, please contact Tyler Rollins at 479-747-0217 or email@example.com.
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The Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission is pleased to announce that it will hold its biennial spinal cord injury/disability conference on Friday, September 7, 2018. The conference will be held in the Grand Hall of the Campus Center Building on the Pulaski Technical College North
Little Rock campus located at 3000 West Scenic Drive. (Google Maps link).
The 2018 Arkansas Spinal Cord Injury/Disability Conference is presented by Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission and Baptist Health.
This year’s conference features informative presentations by regional and model system experts, and exhibits from national, regional, and local exhibitors.
This conference will offer exciting presenters speaking on topics relevant to those living with a spinal cord injury or disability as well as every level of healthcare professional, including:
Registration is currently open and costs $60 for healthcare professionals and $20 for students. A small online convenience fee will apply. There is no cost to attend for ASCC clients and one family member or caretaker. However, clients, family members, or caretakers who wish to receive continuing education credit must pay to register as a healthcare professional. The conference will be held on Pulaski Technical College’s North Little Rock Campus (3000 West Scenic Drive) in the Campus Center Building - Grand Hall. For more information about the conference program, continuing education credit or contact hours, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If your Agency/Organization would like to be a sponsor or exhibitor at the 2018 conference, please fill out the application found at the link below.
Vendor/Exhibitor space at this event is highly limited. Applications will be reviewed to select those vendors/exhibitors who are most closely aligned to stated conference outcomes. Reservations will be confirmed after a review of applications. Sponsors/Exhibitors/Vendors will be invoiced for the appropriate fee upon acceptance of their application.
The Arkansas Spinal Cord Foundation (ASCF) is hosting the annual Trap Shoot on April 21, 2018 at the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Sports Complex in Jacksonville, AR (Google Maps link). All proceeds support ASCF services and benefit adults and children with spinal cord injuries and disabilities.
Early bird pre-registration must be received by April 1, 2018 to be eligible for early bird savings. To register, save/download a copy of the 2018 Trap Shoot Registration Form [PDF], fill it out, and submit via email to Mandy Carmack, email@example.com.
If you would like to sponsor the event, save/download a copy of the 2018 Trap Shoot Sponsorship Form [PDF], fill it out, and submit via email to Mandy Carmack, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arkansas Trauma Rehabilitation Symposium
May 21-22, 2018
Hot Springs Convention Center
Entry fee into this year’s pageant is $150 which includes one night’s stay at the luxurious LR Marriott on the river; lunch on Friday; Semi-Formal dinner on Friday night followed by an 80’s dance party on the top floor of the LR Marriott with panoramic views overlooking the river, lit bridges and downtown; breakfast on Saturday; hair and makeup Saturday; as well as a host of informative workshops.
Booth rental is also available during the event for $200. Booths can be set up Friday and remain through the crowning ceremony on Saturday afternoon. All checks for MWAR 2018 should be made payable to Ms. Wheelchair Arkansas and mailed to attention Pam Garner at 6916 Oxford Drive, White Hall, AR 71602.
If you have any questions or would like to place an ad in this year’s program, please contact Pam Garner via email at email@example.com.
Brain Injury Survivor's Day Celebration
March 15, 2018: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Immanuel Baptist Church
Google Maps link
This event is free for brain injury survivors and their guests!
Please RSVP by calling 501-526-7521 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event features include music therapy, pet therapy, free lunch, door prizes, informative speakers, and helpful resources.
As published in the Summer 2017 edition of the Spinal Connection newsletter:
A Bill subtitled The Van Accessible Parking Act (HB 1882) was brought forth by Representative Mayberry. This bill is now known as ACT 799. Do not let the word “Van” confuse you since a “Van” is NOT required. Let me explain a little bit. This bill defines authorized parking use of a Van-accessible parking space via a Van-accessible parking decal. It also 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 his or her legs and uses a wheelchair, a three or four wheeled scooter, a four-wheeled walker with a seat or similar device. With the use of any of these types of medical devices, you need the extra space created within the Van Accessible Parking space to open your doors wider for transfer and maneuvering. Effective November 13, 2017, you will need to visit your local healthcare provider to obtain a certification that shows you meet the requirement to use the Van Accessible Parking space. This will allow you to obtain the Van Accessible Parking decal from your local Revenue Department to affix in the left side window of your license plate. There will be a sticker for the placard/hang-tag as well. This is important since enforcement of the law goes into effect on January 1, 2019.
If you are a client of the Commission and would like to make a suggestion or provide us with positive or constructive feedback, we would be glad to hear your thoughts! You may choose to remain anonymous or identify yourself in order to be contacted regarding your feedback. Please click the link below to begin the short questionnaire. Thank you for your time.
The Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc. are hosting an event to discuss changes to Medicaid home care programs.
From the flyer:
Learn about the Medicaid ARChoices program, the new computer program the state is using, and how to fight cuts in your hours. The event will be held on August 25 from 1-3pm at the Main Library (Darragh Center) located at 100 S. Rock St, Little Rock, AR 72201. Free parking is available and the event will be accessible.
If you can't be there in person, the event will be live-streamed on Facebook at Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc.
Thriving in the Community
Join the Survivors' Day Celebration during Brain Injury Awareness Month on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. The event will be held from 9:00 AM to 3:45 PM at Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock. Please be sure to see the event flyer below for details.
The text of the flyer is printed below for screen readers:
Thriving in the Community
Brain Injury Awareness Month
Survivors' Day Celebration
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 9:00 AM to 3:45 PM
Immanuel Baptist Church, Horne Hall, 501 N Shackleford Rd, Little Rock, AR 72211
Join us for this exciting event to celebrate and empower survivors of traumatic brain injury.
Exciting Speakers! Free Lunch! Door Prizes! Vendors, Exhibitors, and Resources!
Sessions include: Pet Therapy! Music Therapy! Helpful Apps!
This event is free for survivors of brain injury and their families. Lunch will be provided at no cost to participants.
If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP to Disability Rights Arkansas at (800) 482-1174 by Thursday, March 23, 2017.
The Arkansas Spinal Cord Foundation (ASCF) occasionally has vans donated. If interested, please apply using the form below. If you have questions, please contact Mandy at (501) 247-1977 for more information.
Mail the completed application to:
Arkansas Spinal Cord Foundation
P.O. Box 242486
Little Rock, AR 72223-0026