The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's special education support system. Please contact the state education agency or follow the included links for more detailed information.

Educational definitions of disabilities

  • Autism - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Intellectual disability - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional disturbance and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at Arkansas special education eligibility.

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, Arkansas reported the following:

  • Autism - 3,231 students, fifth highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 5,474 students, fourth highest among disability populations
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 750 students, seventh highest among disability populations

Support service structure

Arkansas Department of Education - Special Education provides oversight and support of special education services provided by school districts in Arkansas.

Task forces

The Arkansas Legislative Task Force on Autism reviewed and made recommendations for improving autism services in Arkansas in its final report, submitted in 2008.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Arkansas does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

Arkansas does not have a disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Arkansas enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See Arkansas insurance for more details.

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, Arkansas had seven supervisors (direct service providers) and 30 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

The Arkansas Disability Coalition is Arkansas' statewide parent training and information center. Additional support for families in Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington counties is provided by the Northwest Arkansas Community Parent Resources Center.

Secondary transition resources

Information and resources related to secondary transition in Arkansas is available at secondary transition.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Arkansas is a member of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.

Special education resources

Information on resources for families in Arkansas is available from the local school district and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is provided at parent resources.

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