Who We Are
Disability Rights Arkansas (DRA) is the independent, private, nonprofit, nonpartisan Protection and Advocacy organization authorized by Federal and State law to protect and advocate for the civil and legal rights of people with disabilities in Arkansas.
Mission, Vision and Values
Our mission is to vigorously advocate for and enforce the legal rights of people with disabilities.
We envision an Arkansas where people with disabilities are equal members in their communities and can dictate the course of their own lives through self-determination.
DRA treats all people with dignity, respect, and compassion.
DRA’s Position Statement on Commitment to Equity and Diversity
Disability Rights Arkansas (DRA) promotes diversity and cultural competence in its administration, services board, staff, and advisory council. DRA pursues outreach to unserved and underserved populations, including to people in institutions and to members of marginalized groups.
People with disabilities do not identify solely based on their disability, but also on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, faith, and sexual orientation.
DRA gives particular attention to members of marginalized groups in pursuing legal, administrative and other appropriate remedies to ensure protection of, and advocacy for, the rights of all eligible clients.
DRA works to address and overcome the special problems and cultural barriers to advocacy of members of marginalized groups.
Current Priority Issues
Every year, we solicit public input from people with disabilities, their family and friends, service providers, and other interested parties to determine what the needs are and whether our current priorities are targeting those needs. The DRA Board of Directors then adopts priorities based on feedback from individuals with disabilities, family members, advocates, and professionals. The priorities adopted by the Board determine the activities for the fiscal year.
The priorities DRA has worked on in 2022 can be found here: DRA 2021 Priorities and Objectives.
The 2022 Public Input Survey is now closed.
We solicit public input on our priorities each year. The 2023 Public Input Survey will be open in April of 2022. DRA welcomes input in any manner individuals wish to provide it. If you would like to fax or mail the survey, you can fax it to 501-296-1779 or mail/deliver it to: Disability Rights Arkansas, 400 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 1200, Little Rock, AR 72201. You can email your responses to us at info@disabilityrightsAR.org.
DRA 2022 Priority Issues
Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
Education and Employment
Youth in Institutional Care Settings
Access to Services Through Medicaid/PASSE
What is a Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Program?
Every state and U.S. territory has a P&A. Each one operates with grant funding from several federal agencies. Their purpose is to advocate for and protect the civil rights of persons with disabilities. To learn more, visit the National Disability Rights Network website.
- DRA operates nine federally-funded programs. They enable us to advocate for and protect the rights of Arkansans with disabilities.
- DRA is part of a nationwide network of legally-based disability rights agencies. These are mandated by Congress.
- DRA provides legal and other advocacy services to all people with disabilities. We provide these services based on a system of priorities. We set these priorities each year.
- DRA has the authority to enter any facility in Arkansas that provides care or treatment to persons with disabilities. This enables us to carry out our rights protection and advocacy activities.
- DRA services are available statewide.
- DRA provides services at no charge to clients.
Visit us at:
400 West Capitol Ave, Suite 1200
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Disability Rights Arkansas (DRA) is the independent, private, nonprofit organization designated by the Governor of Arkansas to implement the federally funded and authorized Protection and Advocacy systems throughout the state. DRA services include information and referral, short-term assistance, technical assistance, legal representation, systemic advocacy, monitoring, and training. DRA services are provided free-of-charge. DRA is independent from state and local government.
Through the leadership of its Governing Board and Advisory Councils, DRA staff provides services to children and adults with disabilities throughout Arkansas. We strive to serve our clients’ expressed wishes.