Blind woman sitting in field with dogDISABILITY RIGHTS ARKANSAS (DRA) is a private, nonprofit agency with offices in Little Rock, Arkansas. Since 1977, the Governor of Arkansas has designated DRA the independent Protection and Advocacy system for persons with disabilities in Arkansas. DRA operates under authority outlined in federal law, is funded primarily through federal grants and is governed by a Board of Directors. DRA collaborates with other disability rights and civil rights organizations and agencies, the private bar and legal services to accomplish its goals and objectives.

PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY SYSTEMS (P&A) are established in every state and U.S. territory. P&A’s operate with grant funding from several federal agencies to advocate for and protect the civil rights of persons with disabilities throughout the state. To learn more about the Protection & Advocacy and Client Assistance Program (CAP) systems, visit the National Disability Rights Network website.

• DRA operates eight federally-funded programs to advocate for and protect the rights of Arkansans with disabilities.
• DRA is part of a nationwide network of legally-based disability rights agencies mandated by Congress.
• DRA is authorized to provide legal and other advocacy services to all people with disabilities, based on a system of priorities for services.
• DRA has the authority to enter any facility in Arkansas that provides care or treatment to persons with disabilities to carry out its rights protection and advocacy activities.
• DRA services are available statewide.
• DRA services are provided at no charge to clients.

DRA Board of Directors

Board of Directors
Cherokee Bradley – President, Little Rock
Fred Reinheardt – Vice President, Batesville
Teresa Dodson – Secretary, Magnet Cove
Kimberly Marshall – Treasurer, Jonesboro
Kim Weser – Redfield
Veronica Tess Myers – Little Rock
Lorrie Thiel – Jacksonville
Mark George – Little Rock
Julie Petty – Fayetteville
D’Andre Jones- Fayetteville

If you are interested in making a difference for people with disabilities in Arkansas, you are welcome to apply to become a member of our Board of Directors. Having a background in disability rights advocacy, law, accounting or marketing is a plus.

FY 2017 Board Meeting Dates

January 25, 2017

April 21, 2017

July 26, 2017

September 27, 2017

PAIMI Advisory Council

Chair – Veronica Tess Myers, Little Rock
Vice-Chair – Tina Light, Pocahontas
Secretary – TaVonda Williams, Arkadelphia
Brenda Martin, Little Rock
Bettina Brownstein, Little Rock
Elaine Williams, Prescott
Pat Highley, Little Rock
Dorcas Johnson, Bella Vista
Eddie Smith, Little Rock
Lisa Moss, Little Rock
Angie Lassiter, Conway

Interested in becoming a member of the PAIMI Advisory Council?

Funding Sources

Organizational Info

Disability Rights Arkansas is primarily funded through federal grants.  You can read our FY17 Strategic Plan and our FY16 Program Performance Reports, Financial Statement/Audit Report, and 990 below.

Staff & Job Opportunities


Tom Masseau- Executive Director
Debra Poulin- Legal Director
Susan Pierce- Director of Policy and Planning
Greg Hankins- Finance Director

There are no open positions at this time.

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