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Our Mission

Expanding Individual Potential Through Innovative Instruction
ACCESS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit offering evaluation services, therapy services, mental health services, full-time education, vocational training, and community integration for individuals with language and learning disorders and developmental disabilities ages six weeks through adulthood. Our experts take a team approach to providing person-centered care for every client. While our programs and services have expanded over the years, our dedication to building brighter futures has remained the same.

  • History of ACCESS

    ACCESS began in 1994, offering therapy and preschool services for seven children. Since then, we have listened to the needs of our clients, growing to meet the demands of our community and expanding to serve the needs of countless individuals with special needs from birth through adulthood. ACCESS now serves more than 870 families across Arkansas and the surrounding states on two main campuses and seven host sites throughout the state.

  • Starting with the End in Mind

    As ACCESS has grown from serving preschool children to now serving individuals all the way through adulthood, our team has witnessed the importance of beginning therapy, education, and vocational training with the end in mind. Purpose and independence do not simply develop when a adolescent or young adult is ready to enter the workforce or choose their path beyond high school. Those qualities are instilled from a young age, and ACCESS has designed a unique, multi-sensory curriculum to unlock and build upon those characteristics from the very beginning. Learn more about the curriculum of our early childhood, ACCESS Academy, and vocational training programs.

  • 29 Years of ACCESS

    A look back on how far we've come since our small beginnings in 1994 reminds us of the countless successes we've witnessed as former clients thrive within our community.

    What makes ACCESS unique?

    ACCESS is more than just than just the services it provides. The care each one of our team members takes to offer a unique experience for our clients, tailored to each of his or her individual needs, creates an atmosphere of encouragement, determination, and fulfillment for clients, families, and employees alike.

    • Person-centerd team approach
    • Onsite therapy, mental health, and evaluations teams
    • Individualized education
    • Literacy-based curriculum
    • Internationally-acclaimed multi-sensory, phonetic approach to learning
    • State-of-the-art therapy facilities
    • Passionate, creative, highly qualified employees

    Unlocking Potential: A Team Approach

      Our Board of Directors

      Our Facilities

      ACCESS’s main campuses are located in Little Rock, Arkansas. We serve families from across Arkansas and the surrounding states.

      • ACCESS Stella Boyle Smith Early Childhood Campus

        The ACCESS Stella Boyle Smith Early Childhood Campus houses the ACCESS Early Childhood and Outpatient Therapy programs.

        10618 Breckenridge Drive
        Little Rock, AR 72211

      • ACCESS Academy and Young Adult Campus

        The ACCESS Academy and Young Adult Campus houses the ACCESS Evaluation and Resource Center, ACCESS Academy, ACCESS Life, Outpatient Therapy, and ACCESS Gardens horticulture program.

        1500 N. Mississippi St.
        Little Rock, AR 72207

      Our Accreditations

      ACCESS is certified to provide Early Intervention Day Treatment, Behavioral Health Therapy services, Outpatient Therapy services (OT, PT, ST), a variety of vocational training services, and CES Medicaid Waiver services.

      Gold CARF Seal

      ACCESS has earned a Three-Year Accreditation from CARF for its behavioral and mental health programs. CARF accreditation demonstrates ACCESS’s quality, accountability, and commitment to the satisfaction of the persons served. CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services providers in the areas of Aging Services, Behavioral Health, Child and Youth Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Employment and Community Services, Medical Rehabilitation, Opioid Treatment Programs, and Vision Rehabilitation Services. For more information on CARF, visit

      The ACCESS Academy school-aged education program has earned its accreditation through Cognia™. Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, professional learning, and improvement solutions to institutions and other education providers. As a global nonprofit working in 90+ countries, Cognia serves 36,000 institutions, nearly 25 million students, and five million educators every day. For more information on Cognia, visit

      Community Recognition

      ACCESS is proud to be recognized for providing high quality services to individuals with special needs throughout our community.

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