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A Tale of Two Sisters: Unlocking Potential for the Akana Twins

09.27.18

To Karen Akana and Rob Syrstaad, the summer of 2014 seems like a lifetime ago. They had just moved their family across the country to Little Rock, Arkansas, and life with their two-year-old twin girls, Makena and Aurora, was busy. Then one day, one of Karen’s best friends said something she...

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Breaking Down the Mission

09.06.18

A mission statement is a key tool to precisely communicate the aspirations of an organization; what do we do and why. ACCESS offers a variety of therapeutic services and unique educational programs, but what is the main purpose behind it all? Out of that question came the mission of...

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Plant Power: The ACCESS Horticulture Program and the People Who Keep it Growing

05.11.18

The ACCESS® horticulture program is more than just plants. It’s designed to not only build upon school-aged classroom curriculum, but also impart vital social and vocational skills that can help individuals with special needs plan for future employment and exciting new opportunities. Under...

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ACCESS Gardens Spring/Summer Plant Sales are Here

04.19.18

Check out our exciting new inventory and see what our ACCESS Academy students and young adults have grown just for you! All proceeds benefit the ACCESS Horticulture program in order to continue expanding individual potential for individuals with special needs. SPRING/SUMMER PLANTS...

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Academy

Vocation Innovation Project: A New Type of Job Readiness Training

04.13.18

The Vocation Innovation Project (VIP) is a pre-employment transition service for high school students 16-21 years of age with a developmental disability. In partnership with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, ACCESS® provides individuals the opportunity to learn work-readiness skills in...

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Making the Transition from Secondary School: A New Chapter

04.10.18

Students with special needs have a variety of options when it comes to transitioning from secondary school. It’s an exciting new chapter but it can also fill students and their families with uncertainty. That’s why ACCESS has created a new series called “Transitions.”...

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Taziki’s Year of Giving & Support for ACCESS

02.16.18

Last year, the Keet Family of Taziki’s Mediterranean Café in Arkansas launched the HOPE Project (“Herbs Offering Personal Enrichment”) in partnership with ACCESS to teach individuals with special needs all aspects of the herb business, including transferable skills that...

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20th Annual Starry Starry Night Auction Preview

02.06.18

Calling all bidders! On Saturday, February 24, ACCESS® will host the 20th annual Starry Starry Night, “Written in the Stars,” at the Little Rock Marriott. This year’s landmark event will celebrate the past, present and future of the organization while honoring those who have helped to...

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ACCESS Honors Local Legacies at 20th Annual Starry Starry Night

12.13.17

For Immediate Release: Media Contact: Krysten Levin, Marketing and Special Events Manager Company: ACCESS Group Inc. Phone: (501) 217-8600 email: Krysten.Levin@accessgroupinc.org Website: www.accessgroupinc.org Social Media: @accessgroupinc   Little Rock, Arkansas – December 12, 2017 –...

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Paying it Forward: Matching Gifts

10.25.17

The Annual Giving Campaign is underway! There are so many ways individuals can help ACCESS “bridge the gap” created by operating expenses not covered by tuition and other fees. One of the ways supporters can assist ACCESS in its mission to provide children with a rich, well-rounded...

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2017 ACCESS Annual Giving Campaign: Joining Hands to “Bridge the Gap”

10.12.17

What is the ACCESS Annual Giving Campaign?  The Annual Giving Campaign raises funds to support the day-to-day operations of ACCESS: the richness of our academic curriculum, the expertise of our therapeutic programs and the operations and maintenance of our expanding campuses. Contributions...

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The Full Spectrum of Individual Potential

09.27.17

Two years ago, nervous parents Darrell Finney and Mischa Banks sat in the reception area of ACCESS’s Stella Boyle Smith campus with their son Harlem, knowing that the results of his evaluation might change all of their lives forever. When Harlem was around 18 months old, Darrell and Mischa...

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Why Children with ADHD Need More Than Medication

07.18.17

The pediatrician prescribed ADHD medication for my child. Why does my child need a comprehensive evaluation? A comprehensive clinical assessment is necessary to diagnose ADHD. Since a variety of other disorders can look like ADHD, including anxiety, learning disorders, conduct problems,...

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Bella’s Story: Cultivating Individual Potential through Innovative Instruction

06.21.17

Amy Kelton’s experience with the ACCESS Evaluation and Resource Center (AERC) was nothing short of life changing. She recalls, “One of our daughters, Isabella (“Bella” for short), had been having a lot of social and behavioral issues. Her therapist asked if we had ever considered having...

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Literacy Begins at Birth

05.17.17

We start talking to babies immediately. We do not wait until they understand us to begin talking to them. Reading is much the same. As we read to babies and young children, we foster language development and a love for reading at an early age. As we continue to read aloud to to young children,...

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Taziki’s Mediterranean Café Arkansas to partner with ACCESS®, Launch “HOPE” Project

05.03.17

NEWS                                                             For Immediate Release  Information Contact: Stephanie Keet                                             ...

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What’s Going into Your Child’s Brain?

05.02.17

Television and computers are having an undeniable impact on the brains of our youth. In order to weigh the positive and negative impact of technology on learning and development in children today, we must first explore how specific connections in the brain play a critical role in...

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What Parents Should Know About Reading Instruction

04.24.17

Effective reading instruction includes five areas that must be addressed by third grade to successfully teach children to read. Those five areas are: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Before children are ready to read, they must become aware of the sound...

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Help Give #ACCESS2More on ArkansasGives Day

04.06.17

Today is ArkansasGives Day! This special event is all about helping nonprofits grow stronger by encouraging Arkansans to donate on a single day, via Arkansasgives.org. When supporters donate online, ACCESS receives vital funding that, in turn, provides individuals with developmental delays and...

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UAMS Project SEARCH® Student and Alum Use Their Skills to Raise Awareness for Accessibility

04.04.17

William “Will” Stevens joined the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences (UAMS) Project SEARCH® program as an intern in the fall of 2016. Project SEARCH® Arkansas: ACCESS® Initiative in partnership with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) is a nine-month internship program...

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6 Reasons Why You Should Support ACCESS on Giving Tuesday

11.29.16

ACCESS relies on the kindness of its supporters to offer a wide range of services to individuals with developmental delays and language and learning disabilities ages six weeks through 35. Every supporter has his or her own personal reason for giving, but in case you were wondering why YOU...

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A Message of Gratitude from Tammy Simmons, ACCESS Executive Director

11.24.16

  This week we will gather with friends and family to celebrate the many thingsfor which we are grateful. I want to take this opportunity to thank our staff, families and supporters: …For believing in this organization and the mission of expanding individual potential through innovative...

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The Meaning of Giving Tuesday

11.22.16

ACCESS is so excited to participate in #GivingTuesdayAR on Tuesday, November 29, 2016! But what is “#GivingTuesdayAR,” anyway?! This special day is a state-wide effort supported by the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance and is part of a national movement that encourages holiday giving rather than...

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Academy

Getting App Happy: Apps Geared Toward Learning and Therapy are Worth Smiling About

11.18.16

It’s a lament heard by parents and teachers of students in early childhood all the way through high school: “My kid is glued to their smart technology.” We worry that we are helping to create an entire generation of children and young adults who use touch-screen devices as a means to...

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Development and Early Intervention: Ask the ACCESS Expert

11.17.16

Meet ACCESS’ Licensed Psychological Examiner, Kimberly Newton. When it comes to gauging your child’s development, Kimberly advises parents to seek early intervention if they notice developmental delays. Q: My child is almost two years old. How much should she be talking? Though children...

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How Does ACCESS Make a Difference? Let’s Count the Ways!

11.15.16

# of individuals served by ACCESS: 320 # of ACCESS staff using technology to help change lives: 165 # of ACCESS fingers engaging with technology daily: 4,850 # of laptops used by ACCESS staff: 92 # of smartboards used in classrooms: 12 # of iPads used to help implement therapy, learning, and...

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Technology Gets Smart to Expand Individual Potential

10.25.16

Sure, technology is important to all of us—it’s difficult to envision life without our smart phones, tablets, and numerous other gadgets. But for ACCESS staff and students, technology is less about making life easier and more about making learning possible. Who better to attest to this...

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Evaluation and Resource

Why is my child struggling in school?

10.18.16

Q:  My child seems to be struggling with learning and cannot focus on schoolwork. Homework is a daily nightmare. A:  You are not alone. One in five children experiences learning or attention difficulties. These can include challenges with reading, writing, math, concentration, organization,...

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Therapy

Fall Back Friday with Renee Bennett, Physical Therapist

09.16.16

Almost 27 years ago, Renee Bennett stood beside her soon-to-be husband at 10618 Breckenridge Drive surrounded by family and friends, sharing the vows that would start a new chapter in her life. Little did Renee know on that December day that her ties to that very spot in the sanctuary at the...

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Therapy

Staff Spotlight – Ricky Cooper

09.16.16

Mr. Ricky joined the ACCESS team as an Occupational Therapist in 1998, and he has been a mainstay of the ACCESS family ever since. We wanted to know more about the infamous Mr. Ricky, so we asked him a few quick questions. Here’s what we learned: Favorite sport to play: Baseball (he played...

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Academy

Staff Spotlight – McKenzie Moriconi

09.16.16

McKenzie joined ACCESS in February as a teacher assistant in the Lower School 1 class. We wanted to know a little more about Ms. McKenzie, so we asked her a few fun questions. Here’s what we learned! Favorite ACCESS Memory: When it poured rain on us [ACCESS Adventure] as we left Magic...

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Staff Spotlight – Jeryca Einhorn

09.16.16

Ms. Jeryca joined ACCESS this June as the Intermediate 1 Academy teacher. A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, Jeryca comes to us with experience as an inclusion and resource teacher in the public school system. We wanted to know a little more about Ms. Jeryca, as we asked her a few...

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Early Childhood

Parent Testimonial – Hannah Fulks

08.02.16

At eighteen months of age, our son Max was only saying two words. Out and Dog. Knowing something wasn’t quite right, we had him assessed in Benton. He was diagnosed with a “mild speech delay”. Two months later, our therapist came to us and said, “I think it’s something more than a...

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Academy Spotlight – Caitlynn Simpson

04.11.16

“I am a survivor”, Caitlynn Simpson says proudly with a grin. Born at 24 weeks with a Grade IV Brain Bleed, she was not expected to live past birth. The doctors then changed their claims and said she would not live past 2 years of age.  Then, it was 8 years.  Now, she is about to graduate...

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A Multi-Sensory Experience at Moss Mountain Farm

03.18.16

Each year a group of ACCESS students venture to Moss Mountain Farm for a day of fun and adventure.  This year was no exception.  Ms. Leslie and Ms. Mary Stuart’s classrooms thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the farm on Tuesday, March 15. The students loved getting to pick daffodils and...

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General

A Very Special Thank YOU!

03.01.16

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the Oberste family for their leadership with the 18th annual Starry Starry Night. We hope you enjoy this video, which touched so many hearts at the event.  It is a true inspiration of the impact that the mission and services of ACCESS have on...

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Events

Upcoming Events

02.05.16

Bingo Bash Event chairmen, Jamie and Eric Bell, invite you to the 10th annual Bingo Bash, presented by USAble Life. Thursday, July 14, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.          Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church 1003 North Tyler Street Little Rock, AR 72205 The event is organized by the...

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ACCESS Gets a New Playground

12.04.15

The ACCESS playgrounds are much more than play spaces, they are used as outdoor therapeutic spaces. On December 03,2015, 200 community volunteers came to our campus to help improve our outdoor play spaces. Approximately 200 volunteers came out to paint and construct the playgrounds new...

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Success

Meet Carter Pitcock

09.01.14

An Interview with His Father, Jeff “Every day, we are just so happy, so pleased and so blessed that Carter has this school – this wonderful, safe, nurturing place where he has just flourished.” This is how Jeff Pitcock, father to ACCESS students Carter and Kapi Pitcock, begins telling...

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Meet Kennedy Rose

09.01.13

An Interview with her Mother, Alison Kennedy Rose floats in and out of the dining room during a recent interview with her mother. Snacking, playing with toys, running to greet family members at the door, Kennedy strikes a visitor as behaving very much like the 5-year-old she is. It’s hard to...

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Meet Derrick Parker, ACCESS Life Member

03.01.13

An Interview with his Mother, Cynthia Powell “Comfortable in his own skin. Not only believing in himself but also knowing his self-worth,” is how Cynthia Powell, mother to Derrick Parker, describes her son, one of the newest members of the ACCESS Life young adult program. Derrick, a North...

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Meet Elizabeth Hoag, Diagnosed at 8, With Dyslexia

12.01.12

An Interview with Elizabeth and her Mother, Alice A former student who attended ACCESS Academy for one and a half years, Elizabeth Hoag is now a freshman at the University of Arkansas with a 4.0 grade point average and the goal of becoming an Air Force nurse practitioner who travels the...

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Meet Mason O’Neal, Diagnosed at Birth with Mild Brain Injury

11.22.11

An Interview with his Parents, Christian and Julie O’Neal Mason O’Neal, a 7-year-old student in the ACCESS Lower School 1 classroom, joined ACCESS in March 2011. His parents, Christian and Julie, recently described their son’s dramatic learning progress over the last several...

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Meet Grayson McCarver, Diagnosed with Autism

08.01.10

An interview with his parents Karen and Heath McCarver Grayson was born a healthy nine pounds, one ounce baby in October 2000.  He met all his monthly baby milestones for his early months.  When he did not speak by 18 months of age, we suspected some type of disability.  His only form of...

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Meet Nelson Pierce, Diagnosed at age 7 with Dyslexia

05.04.10

An Interview With His Parents, Gretchen and Randy “At first we thought he just wasn’t paying attention and focusing when reading,” recalls Gretchen Pierce, mother of 9-year-old Nelson Pierce, diagnosed at 7 with dyslexia. Attempts to get him to read at home would result in “yelling,...

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Meet Grace Glasbrenner, Diagnosed at age 2 with Apraxia

11.24.09

An interview with Grace’s mother, Elizabeth No one would have guessed that 3-year-old Grace Glasbrenner would recently be described as “the loudmouth of the group” when she joined ACCESS Preschool in January. The term is used lovingly, and with excitement, because Grace began this year...

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