Field Services

Field Services include career and technical education and training, transition from school to work or postsecondary education, on-the-job training, and ancillary support services that clients may need for successful employment. Anyone who is a legal Arkansas resident can apply for services. Please contact the office nearest you and set up an appointment for an initial interview with a Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselor where you will undergo an assessment (if appropriate) - assists with determining if eligible for services  (The determination of eligibility normally occurs within 60 days) - and if found eligible, will develop an Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) to set vocational goals.

To learn more about our programs and services, please call (800) 330-0632 or Click here to locate the field office nearest you.

For information on ARS policy and procedure, Click here to download our Service Manual.

As a workforce development partner, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) assists clients with finding the right job so they can lead productive and independent lives. Business Engagement services also assists businesses achieve its competitive advantage by offering qualified job candidates who are trained in a wide variety of skills and have the good work habits that employers value.  

Employers from every job sector, including federal contractors, indicate that hiring individuals with disabilities helps them reduce training costs and increase job retention rates, while improving workforce diversity.

Through an individualized assessment, the Business Engagement consultant will get to know ARS clients so they can assist the client and business with finding the right person for the right job.

Services include (for clients and business partners):

  • Job matching - assess requirements and identify matches using individualized career assessment tools.
  • Job placement - assist clients with finding employment per their vocational goal.
  • Post-employment services - may include assistive technology and additional education available to former clients who may require services to maintain, regain or advance in employment.

To learn more, please contact the Business Engagement office at 501-296-1665

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services works to provide opportunities for Rehabilitation counselors and schools to develop partnerships in an effort to prepare high school students with disabilities the knowledge, skills, and abilities to achieve successful transition from high school to post-secondary life.

The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Transition Counselor works with students, teachers, principals, and other appointed school staff, as well as, families and community resources. Together they coordinate services and develop programs with the intent to improve and provide quality post-school outcomes through student engagement in Vocational Rehabilitation programs.

Click here to learn more about Transition Services and the Youth Leadership Forum.

Services
for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SDHH)

It is the mission of SDHH to provide high quality, innovative services that result in employment opportunities, improved quality of life and full inclusion in society for Arkansans who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and deafblind. The professional staff of SDHH is knowledgeable about the unique barriers faced by people with hearing loss and speech disabilities, and is experienced in collaborating with both the person experiencing the barrier as well as the community at large to develop effective solutions.

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The Searcy One-Stop Center houses several state offices whose missions compliment each other. If one agency’s resources are not appropriate to help a customer, perhaps another agency can provide a more apt service.

The ARS office at the Searcy One-Stop includes a counselor who serves White County, a RIDAC psychological examiner who travels extensively to serve the needs of District II, and a medical services liaison who also travels throughout the district to negotiate medical fees with hospitals and doctors.

For more information, please contact:

Kimberly Clayborn, District II Manager
501 West Arch, Searcy, AR 72143
Phone: 501-268-6650
Email: [email protected]

The Small Business Program exists to allow clients with entrepreneurial pursuits to seek self–employment as a realistic employment goal. Thorough evaluation of eligible individuals is necessary to assure the feasibility of this employment objective.

For more information contact:

Jeff Jackson, Small Business Consultant
Phone: 501-683-3582
Email: [email protected]

For information on small businesses and individuals with disabilities, click on the link below:
https://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/misc/entrepre.htm