Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS)

Pre-Employment Transition Services

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.

Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselors

  • Works with the student to discover their interest and life goals while discovering the student’s strengths.
  • Works with the student and local schools to coordinate, develop, and implement pre-employment transition services which include:

    • Job Exploration
    • Workplace Readiness training
    • Work-based learning experiences
    • Counseling on opportunities for enrollment in a comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational program at institutions of higher education
    • Instruction in self-advocacy
  • Works with the community to discover resources to support the student in their training and development needs.
  • Works with identifiable resources necessary to help the student make a successful transition from high school to adult life.

Maryanne Caldwell, M.S., CRC
Statewide Pre-ETS Manager
4058 N. College Ave. 
Fayetteville, AR 72703 
Cell: 501-515-9893
Office: 479-582-1286

Youth Leadership Forum

Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is an innovative and intensive leadership program for high school students with disabilities throughout Arkansas. With the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), youth with disabilities have more opportunities to become contributing members and leaders in society. However, many challenges remain. YLF is designed to assist students with disabilities in developing leadership skills and using resources that can help them face such challenges and become full members of society. The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is held annually in Conway.

For more information contact Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Field Services Department at 501-296-1600.

Youth Leadership Forum Video

Opportunities for Work-Based Learning

The Work-Based Learning Opportunities Leading to Future Employment (WOLF), formerly OWL, and Working for Independence Now (WIN) programs offer students work-based learning opportunities in a collaborative effort between local school districts and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services to ensure students with disabilities are afforded the opportunity to gain work readiness training skills and work experiences prior to exiting the secondary setting.

View videos of the program produced by Joey Travolta’s Inclusion Films.

Arkansas Film School

Each year, an opportunity is offered to high school juniors & seniors with disabilities to participate in a one-week in-person work-based learning environment for those interested in film and video production.

In the summer of 2021, Arkansas Film School 101 conducted a 6-day conference at Southern Arkansas University Tech in Camden. Film school participants stayed in the college dorms to experience life in a college setting. Students participated in small and large group discussions and attended workshops on such topics as how to make a podcast, how to become a YouTuber, and how to edit a short film. Students worked directly with the professor of Southern Arkansas University Tech’s Film & Video Production program.

In past years, participants had the opportunity to work in Northwest Arkansas with Inclusion Film Company. We are pleased to share with you some of the student’s public service announcements.

Virtual Career Competition Entries

In 2020, students submitted videos, podcasts, original art, and essays showing their future career choice and how they each plan to reach their goal.

ARS 2020 Virtual Career Competition Entries

Arkansas Career Development Center (ACDC)

The Arkansas Career Development Center (ACDC) Student Access and Support Services (SASS) connects students with services that provide educational access, support services, workplace readiness, college orientation, advising, and academic support.

ACDC also provides a peer mentoring program and certificate opportunities such as OSHA, ServSafe, PGS, and CPR.

Please view more of the training ACDC has to offer.

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Looking for a job?

Visit Arkansas JobLink and set up your job-seeker account to create and post resumes, search for jobs and training opportunities, receive notifications when certain jobs are posted, and learn about upcoming hiring events!

Whether you are unemployed and searching for work, or looking to increase your skillset to further your career, we can help. Visit an Arkansas Workforce Center to meet with a career counselor, get help with job search and applications, learn about training opportunities, get certified as "work-ready", and more. We can provide services and connect you to resources that will help you achieve your employment and career goals.

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Unemployment claims

To file an unemployment claim, please visit Questions about unemployment insurance claims may be directed to the UI Hotline: 1-844-908-2178.

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