Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

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April 27, 2024
Join other adults on the autism spectrum in Little Rock to support each other! The group meets one Saturday each month. No registration or RSVP is required. It is free to attend. If you can, please support the venue by ordering a coffee or your favorite beverage. Where?River City Coffee (in Hillcrest)2913 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little […]
April 27, 2024
Little Rock, Arkansas – April 26 & 27, 2024 Where: Holiday Inn Airport, 3201 Bankhead Dr, Little Rock, AR 72206 Registration for the Spring 2024 conference is closed. Want to get on the list for next time or have other questions?Email: advocacy@disabilityrightsar.orgCall: 501-291-0906 Make new connections, enjoy fun activities and learn about disability rights from local […]
April 26, 2024
Little Rock, Arkansas – April 26 & 27, 2024 Where: Holiday Inn Airport, 3201 Bankhead Dr, Little Rock, AR 72206 Make new connections, enjoy fun activities and learn about disability rights from local and national leaders! An event for youth/young adults and adults with disabilities – will include resources for allies, family members and support […]
April 20, 2024
11th Annual Famous Family Bistro Conference & Disability Resources ExpoUCA Brewer Hegeman Conference Center, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway, AR 72035 Saturday, April 20, 20249:00am – 3:00pm Join us on April 20th at this conference and resource expo. There will be speakers and information on Title V, IEP’s, 504, IFSP, Guardianship & Special Needs Trusts, and […]
April 20, 2024
Saturday, April 20, 202410:00am – 12:30pmWar Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Dr, Little Rock, AR 72205 Please join the Arkansas Autism Foundation for their signature community event and support their mission of “Building bridges to independence for Arkansans with autism.” Invite your family and friends to walk with you as a team in our this one […]

Past Events

April 13, 2024
You are invited to a FREE Family & Friend Fun Day in Smackover, Arkansas. There will be guest speakers, art, live entertainment, food, vendor resources, prizes, and balloon release! The goal of the Autism and Mental Health Expo is to bring together service providers with families that need autism and mental health resources. Date: April […]
March 23, 2024
Join other adults on the autism spectrum in Little Rock to support each other! The group meets one Saturday each month. No registration or RSVP is required. It is free to attend. If you can, please support the venue by ordering a coffee or your favorite beverage. Where?River City Coffee (in Hillcrest)2913 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little […]
March 22, 2024
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! Join the Council for weekly virtual office hours. When? Each Friday from 03/01/24 – 03/22/24, see below for timesWhere? ZoomHow? Register to attend (the link will be emailed to you) March Office Hours Schedule REGISTER Please contact Scottie York to register and receive the Zoom login information:Scottie York, Finance and Operations Coordinator501-682-6890scottie.york@dfa.arkansas.gov […]
March 15, 2024
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! Join the Council for weekly virtual office hours. When? Each Friday from 03/01/24 – 03/22/24, see below for timesWhere? ZoomHow? Register to attend (the link will be emailed to you) March Office Hours Schedule REGISTER Please contact Scottie York to register and receive the Zoom login information:Scottie York, Finance and Operations Coordinator501-682-6890scottie.york@dfa.arkansas.gov […]
March 14, 2024
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will hold a quarterly meeting on Thursday, March14th, 2024 from 10:00am to 1:00pm, in the Fifth Floor Conference Room of the Department of Finance and Administration building at 1515 West 7th Street in Little Rock. This is an in-person public meeting. If you wish to attend the meeting, or […]
March 8, 2024
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! Join the Council for weekly virtual office hours. When? Each Friday from 03/01/24 – 03/22/24, see below for timesWhere? ZoomHow? Register to attend (the link will be emailed to you) March Office Hours Schedule REGISTER Please contact Scottie York to register and receive the Zoom login information:Scottie York, Finance and Operations Coordinator501-682-6890scottie.york@dfa.arkansas.gov […]
March 1, 2024
Join the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas (the Council) and our partners during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM) in highlighting the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form stronger, more diverse communities across our state. We encourage you to share stories, photos, and resources to expand the conversation […]
March 1, 2024
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! Join the Council for weekly virtual office hours. When? Each Friday from 03/01/24 – 03/22/24, see below for timesWhere? ZoomHow? Register to attend (the link will be emailed to you) March Office Hours Schedule REGISTER Please contact Scottie York to register and receive the Zoom login information:Scottie York, Finance […]
February 24, 2024
Join other adults on the autism spectrum in Little Rock to support each other! The group meets one Saturday each month. No registration or RSVP is required. It is free to attend. If you can, please support the venue by ordering a coffee or your favorite beverage. Where?River City Coffee (in Hillcrest)2913 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little […]
February 21, 2024
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan and Implementation Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 21st at 10am. This is an online meeting / teleconference. This is a public meeting. If you wish to attend the meeting, or if you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact Scottie […]
February 13, 2024
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Public Policy and Outreach Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 13th at 9am. This is an online meeting / teleconference. This is a public meeting. If you wish to attend the meeting, or if you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact Scottie […]
January 27, 2024
Join other adults on the autism spectrum in Little Rock to support each other! The group meets one Saturday each month. No registration or RSVP is required. It is free to attend. If you can, please support the venue by ordering a coffee or your favorite beverage. Where?River City Coffee (in Hillcrest)2913 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little […]
January 15, 2024
State offices will be closed on Monday, January 15th, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. Dr. King was one of the greatest civil rights leaders. What made him such an exceptional leader was his ability to make the civil rights movement a universal acceptance of values. He didn’t speak solely about African-American rights, […]
January 1, 2024
State offices will be closed on Monday, January 1st, in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday. The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas wishes you and your loved ones a Happy New Year.
December 26, 2023
State offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 26th in observance of the Christmas holiday (Christmas Day Observed). The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas wishes you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
December 25, 2023
State offices will be closed on Monday, December 25th in observance of the Christmas holiday (Christmas Eve Observed). The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas wishes you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
December 16, 2023
Join other adults on the spectrum in Little Rock for this once a month get-together! 2024 dates coming soon. Where?River City Coffee (in Hillcrest)2913 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, AR 72205 When? 10:30AM to 12 Noon Contact?Lud KozlowskiEmail: aspielud@comcast.netCall: 502-791-5835 (leave a voicemail, Lud will call you back)
December 14, 2023
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will hold a quarterly meeting on Thursday, December 14th, 2023 from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Location to be determined.  This is an in-person public meeting. If you wish to attend the meeting, or if you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact Scottie York. You will […]
November 23, 2023
State offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving.
November 16, 2023
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan and Implementation Committee will meet via online meeting / teleconference on Thursday, November 16th at 2pm. This is a public meeting. If you wish to attend the meeting, or if you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact Scottie York. You will receive […]
November 10, 2023
State offices will be closed on Friday, November 10th in observance of Veterans Day (November 11). The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities administrative office will re-open on Monday, November 13th. History of Veterans Day World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was […]
November 7, 2023
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Public Policy and Outreach Committee will meet via online meeting / teleconference on Tuesday, November 7th at 8am. This is a public meeting. If you wish to attend the meeting, or if you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact Scottie York. You will receive […]
November 1, 2023
It’s November and time to observe Family Caregiver Appreciation and Respite Awareness Month. Celebrated every November, National Family Caregiver Month is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. It offers an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for caregivers. Families are the primary source of support for older adults […]
October 24, 2023
Top Floor to the Front Door GCDD will be hosting this event with our partners, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS), Disability:IN Arkansas (Disability: IN of Arkansas) and Arkansas Chapter of APSE (Association of People Supporting Employment First Arkansas). This year’s theme, Top Floor to the Front Door, looks to address the common disconnect many companies face when executing […]
October 18, 2023
A team of advocates and attorneys from Disability Rights Arkansas will host a discussion on diversity in the workplace as well as how to work with other agencies to achieve a vocational goal. Join us for this event in celebration of 2023 National Disability Employment Awareness month. Visit this page to sign up and learn more. […]
October 5, 2023
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) will be co-hosting this NDEAM Arkansas 2023 Kickoff event with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. We will be joined by other partner organizations and individuals with the common goal of advancing and increasing disability employment in Arkansas. The Governor’s proclamation will be read, and attendees will have opportunity to join […]
October 1, 2023
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is an annual, month-long event which celebrates the important role people with disabilities play in a diverse and inclusive American workforce and recognizes the contributions of workers with disabilities. NDEAM also provides a time to showcase employers with supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices. See our NDEAM 2023 webpage […]
September 18, 2023
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas Nominating Committee will meet on 09/18/2023 at 8:30am in the Petit Jean 1 room at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in Morrilton, Arkansas. This is an in-person public meeting. If you wish to attend the meeting, or if you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please […]
September 18, 2023
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas State Plan and Implementation Committee will meet on 09/18/2023 at 7:30am in the Governor’s Conference Room at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in Morrilton, Arkansas. This is an in-person public meeting. If you wish to attend the meeting, or if you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, […]
September 18, 2023
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas Public Policy and Outreach Committee will meet on 09/18/2023 at 8:30am in the Petit Jean 2 room at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in Morrilton, Arkansas. This is an in-person public meeting. If you wish to attend the meeting, or if you plan to attend and need specific supports or […]
September 18, 2023
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas will hold it’s quarterly business meeting on Monday, 09/18/2023, at 10:15am in the Governor’s Conference Room at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in Morrilton, Arkansas. This is an in-person public meeting. If you wish to attend the meeting, or if you plan to attend and need specific supports or […]
September 17, 2023
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas will hold it’s annual member retreat on Sunday, September 17th and Monday, September 18th, 2023, at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain. Day one of the retreat, 09/17/23, will start off with a meeting of the GCDD Executive Committee at 1pm in room Petit Jean 1 […]
September 17, 2023
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas Executive Committee will meet on 09/17/2023 at 1pm in the Petit Jean 1 room at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in Morrilton, Arkansas. This is an in-person public meeting. If you wish to attend the meeting, or if you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please […]
May 9, 2023
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will have it’s Quarterly Meeting on Thursday, March 9th, 2023 from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Schedule to be determined. This will be an in-person only event. Location: Arkansas State Capitol, Room 130, 500 Woodlane St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Please contact staff at ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov or 501-682-2897 for details.
April 29, 2023
10th Annual Famous Family BistroFamily Bistro is a day of training and also includes a resource fair with vendors displaying information at exhibit tables. The Parent Advisory Council is excited about meeting in person after 3 years of virtual conference we are excited to meet in person. About this EventThe Parent Advisory Council is excited […]
April 8, 2023
Autism Festival and WalkPlease join AAF for itssignature community event and support our mission of “Building bridges to independence for Arkansans with autism.”Saturday, April 8, 202310:00am – 12:30pm Where? War Memorial Stadium, Stadium Drive, Little Rock, AR, USA Event is FREE but donations are always welcome so please register everyone that is attending in the […]
April 2, 2023
April is Autism Acceptance Month It is a great time to learn more about Autism. Just like there is no one-way to be autistic, there is no one-way to celebrate Acceptance Month! This month-long celebration was previously called Autism Awareness Month. Through the hard work of many in the Autism advocacy community, the emphasis has […]
March 23, 2023
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan and Implementation Committee will meet via online meeting and teleconference. This is a special meeting is to discuss the work plan for the Strengthening the Public Health Workforce grant approved during the March 9, 2023, Full Council meeting. This is a public meeting. If you wish to […]
March 21, 2023
03/21 is World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. Why mark WDSD? On this one day we have a chance to make a change. A better chance […]
March 14, 2023
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Join the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas (the Council) and our partners during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM) in highlighting the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form stronger, more diverse communities across our state. JOIN US ON MARCH 14TH AT THE […]
March 1, 2023
Join the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas (the Council) and our partners during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM) in highlighting the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form stronger, more diverse communities across our state. We encourage you to share stories, photos, and resources to expand the conversation […]
February 14, 2023
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) provides leadership, research, and advocacy to promote wide-ranging reforms to improve the lives of Arkansas children. Kids Count Day At The CapitolFebruary 14, 2023Event starts at 9:30 a.m. Arkansas State Capitol500 Woodlane Street,Little Rock, AR 72201 Kids Count Day at the Capitol is your chance to learn about […]
February 13, 2023
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan and Implementation Committee will meet via online meeting and teleconference. This is a public meeting. If you wish to join the meeting please contact Jamiya Foote. You will receive log in/call in information after you register. Contact:Jamiya Foote, GCDDAR Finance and Operations Coordinator501-682-6890jamiya.foote@dfa.arkansas.gov Draft Agenda (Subject to […]
February 13, 2023
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Public Policy and Outreach Committee will meet via online meeting and teleconference. This is a public meeting. If you wish to join the meeting please contact Jamiya Foote. You will receive log in/call in information after you register. Contact:Jamiya Foote, GCDDAR Finance and Operations Coordinator501-682-6890jamiya.foote@dfa.arkansas.gov Draft Agenda (Subject to […]
February 6, 2023
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Public Policy and Outreach Committee will meet via online meeting and teleconference. If you wish to join the meeting please contact Jamiya Foote. You will receive log in/call in information after you register. Contact:Jamiya Foote, GCDDAR Finance and Operations Coordinator501-682-6890jamiya.foote@dfa.arkansas.gov Agenda (Subject to change)
January 28, 2023
Adults on the Autism Spectrum Monthly Support Group 2023 (January – June) Join other adults on the spectrum at the main library in downtown Little Rock once a month. The meeting is currently in-person only. Please share this information. Monthly In-person Meeting Schedule 2023 January 28February 25March 25April 22May 27June 24 Where?Downtown Little Rock Main […]
January 10, 2023
The swearing-in of Sarah Huckabee Sanders as the 47th Governor of Arkansas takes place Tuesday, January 10th, at 12:00 PM on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock. Sanders is the first woman to be elected governor of the State of Arkansas. The event is free and open to the public.