Arkansas State Independent Living Council (ARSILC)

The Arkansas State Independent Living Council is a non-profit organization promoting independent living for people with disabilities. The ARSILC has a Board of Directors comprised of Governor appointed Arkansans, the majority with disabilities.

The Arkansas State Independent Living Council is an education, advocacy, and referral agency that works to provide information to the public throughout the state about the Independent Living Philosophy, civil rights, technology and services.

The Council envisions an Arkansas where all its citizens have equal rights and opportunities. Therefore, the mission of the ARSILC is to promote independence including freedom of choice and full inclusion into the mainstream of society for all Arkansans with all types of disabilities.

The ARSILC collaborates with the Centers for Independent Living to provide the four core services which include Information and Referral, Peer Support, Independent Living Skills Training and Advocacy. Centers for Independent Living, or CILs, are places where people with all types of disabilities can go to get services, enabling them to live more independently in their community. Arkansas has four such places which cover the state with Independent Living services. Each of the Centers also participates in other community projects or grants.

The ARSILC maintains a resource library open to the public which includes information and technology pertinent to the life of an individual with a disability

The ARSILC staff maintains a good networking relationship with other agencies throughout the state and nationally to help to strengthen and build the IL philosophy across Arkansas.


Vision of the Arkansas State Independent Living Council

The vision of the Arkansas State Independent Living Council is to reside in a state where all its citizens have equal rights and opportunities.

Mission of the Arkansas State Independent Living Council

The mission of the Arkansas State Independent Living Council is to promote independence, including freedom of choice and full inclusion into the mainstream of society, for all Arkansans with disabilities.

Values

The Arkansas State Independent Living Council will regard the following values:

  • Promote independent living services to individuals with disabilities
  • Demonstrate ways to expand and improve independent living services
  • Support the Centers for Independent Living
  • Support activities to increase the capacities of public or non-profit agencies and other entities to develop comprehensive approaches of systems for providing independent living services
  • Conduct studies for developing model policies and procedures with recommendations and conclusions to federal, state, and local policy makers
  • Promote outreach to populations that are unserved or underserved
  • The Council is authorized to hold such hearings and forums as the Council may determine to be necessary to carry out the duties of the Council

ARSILC Staff

Sha Stephens, Executive Director
Leanna Clark, Administrative Specialist

ARSILC Board of Directors:

Adren Duncan, Chairperson

Other Council Members:
Robert Fagan, Vice Chair
Barbara Nolen, Treasurer
Dr. Jenifer Rice-Mason, Secretary
Jacqueline Bettis, At-Large
Mike Long, At-Large
Anne Creekmore
Dr. Jim Mather
Dr. Martin McDonell
Ezell Breedlove
Mahdee Raiees-Dana
SeRonna Rodgers

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
(ARS) Commissioner

Alan McClain

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
(ARS) Deputy Commissioner

Joseph Baxter

Ex-Officios:

Edwin Mitchell
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS)

Katy Morris, Director of Division
of Services for the Blind (DSB)

Brian Bowen – Ex-Officio
Department of Human Services