Who is DRA?
Disability Rights Arkansas (DRA) is the independent, private, nonprofit, nonpartisan protection and advocacy organization authorized by Federal and State law to advocate for and protect the civil and legal rights of people with disabilities in Arkansas.
What does DRA do?
We help people with disabilities. Sometimes our clients need legal advice or representation. Sometimes they need information, or referral to another agency for services. We provide information about voting rights, self-advocacy, and laws and policies that affect the lives of people with disabilities. We can intervene in cases of abuse or neglect. We monitor facilities to ensure that they are accessible, and that they are providing appropriate services.
Who does DRA advocate on behalf of?
DRA serves people with disabilities. A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities and may occur at any time in life.
Do I have to pay for DRA services?
No, all services through DRA are provided at no cost to our clients.
Where is DRA located?
The DRA offices are located at 400 West Capitol Avenue, Suite #1200, Little Rock, AR 72201. We serve people with disabilities throughout the entire state of Arkansas.
DRA is a protection and advocacy organization. What does that mean?
Every state and U.S. territory has a protection and advocacy organization, or “P&A” for short. Each one operates with grant funding from several federal agencies. Their purpose is to advocate for and protect the civil and legal rights of people with disabilities. To learn more, visit the National Disability Rights Network website.
Is DRA a state agency?
No, DRA is not a state agency. DRA is a private, independent, nonpartisan organization that is separate from state government.
Where does DRA get its funding?
DRA receives funding from 9 Federal program grants, a grant from the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, private grants/sponsorships, and individual donors.
How can I get DRA to help me?
Individuals who want help from DRA should call our toll-free hotline number at 800-482-1174 or complete the online “Request Help” form. Our intake advocate will ask you some questions about you and the problems you are experiencing. From there, the advocate may give you information, brief advice and self-advocacy assistance on how to resolve it.
Or in some cases, if your case falls within DRA’s current focus areas, your case may be referred to an individual DRA advocate or attorney for possible direct intervention or representation.
Other Contact Forms
400 W. Capitol Avenue, Suite 1200
Little Rock, AR 72201
Office: (501) 296-1775
Intake: (800) 482-1174
Fax: (501) 296-1779
Hours of Operation
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday – Friday
If you need help, you can call us at (800) 482-1174, or you can fill out the confidential online “General Questions” form anytime.
DRA staff will contact you as soon as possible. When our services are in high demand, it may take up to two working days for us to get back to you. If you have not heard back from us in that time, please contact us again.
If you are contacting Disability Rights Arkansas about an adult with a disability, we will ask you to have the individual contact us directly whenever possible.
This communication between DRA and you does not create an attorney-client relationship.