Disability Rights Arkansas

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. We work with other disability rights and civil rights organizations and agencies, the private bar, and legal services to protect the rights of people with disabilities.

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.

DRA Board of Directors

Julie Petty – President, Farmington
Mark George – Vice President, Little Rock
Teresa Dodson – Secretary, Magnet Cove
Scott Hall – Treasurer, Fayetteville
John Jones, North Little Rock
Lorie McGeady, Fayetteville
Nancy Sullivan, Little Rock
Tamika Lockridge, Little Rock
Kim Weser, Redfield
Shannon Rivas, Hot Springs

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 2019 Board Meeting Dates

January 25, 2019 – Little Rock

April 26-27, 2019 (Retreat) – Fayetteville or Mountain Home

July 19, 2019 – Little Rock

September 06, 2019 – Location to be announced

PAIMI Advisory Council

Kim Weser – Chair, Redfield
James Mason – Vice-Chair, Redfield
Adam Ringle – Secretary, Springdale
Elaine Williams – Past Chair, Prescott
Dorcas Johnson, Bella Vista
Charles Pennington, Ft. Smith
Georgia Rucker, Mabelvale
Meggin Mews, Hensley

Interested in becoming a member of the PAIMI Advisory Council?