Division of Services for the Blind

About Us

DSB Mission

To enhance the personal and economic independence of blind and severely visually impaired persons of all ages in Arkansas.

DSB Vision

Consumers are knowledgeable of their rights and resources and empowered to live independently throughout their lives.

DSB Core Values

  • Compassion
  • Courage
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust

DSB Beliefs

  • Every person matters.
  • Empowered individuals help themselves.
  • Consumers deserve access to good rehabilitation.
  • We have responsibilities to provide knowledge and services that work.
  • Partnering with communities and families is essential to the success of the individuals we serve.

Philosophy and Goals

The Division of Services for the Blind is dedicated to the independence of Arkansans who are blind or visually impaired and is committed to the principle that these individuals have the right to make informed choices regarding where they live, where they work, how they participate in the community, and how they interact with others.
 
Our mission is to work in partnership with these Arkansans by assisting them in obtaining the information they need to make informed choices and by providing them with access to services that increase their opportunities to live as they choose.
 
Within the constraints of state and federal laws and based on available funds, the Division of Services for the Blind fulfills its mission through the following goals:

  1. Employment – To assist Arkansans who are blind or visually impaired to secure or maintain employment that is consistent with their skills, abilities, and interests.
  2. Rehabilitation Teaching – To assist Arkansans who are blind or visually impaired to live as independently as possible through the development of skills, accommodations, or adaptations that are necessary to perform all activities of daily living.
  3. Prevention of Blindness – To assist in preventing blindness by stabilizing vision, and, where possible, restoring vision.

Staff

NameTitlePhoneEmail
Dr. Cassondra Williams-StokesDSB Director501-682-0361
Fax: 501-682-0366
Cassondra.Williams@arkansas.gov
Betsy BarnesDSB Assistant Director501-682-0330
Fax: 501-682-0366
Betsy.Barnes@arkansas.gov
VacantDSB Chief Fiscal Officer 501-682-4771
Fax: 501-682-0366
VacantDSB Administrator, Business & Technology501-682-0350
Fax: 501-682-0366
Dr. Megan LambField Administrator 501-682-5730
Fax: 501-682-0366
Megan.Lamb@arkansas.gov
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

FROM THE ARKANSAS DIVISION OF WORKFORCE SERVICES​

Unemployment claims

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

New FOIA Request Portal

Now Arkansas citizens can submit FOIA requests to ADWS through an easy-to-use online portal! Click the link below to submit a request.

Submit a FOIA Request

1099s

If you received unemployment insurance benefits during the year 2022, you need a 1099 form to file your income tax return. The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services will mail 1099s by January 31, 2023, to the address on file as of January 17, 2023. If you do not receive your 1099 in the mail by February 12, 2023, you may call the UI Hotline to be sure we have the correct address on file. 1099s will not be mailed to updated addresses prior to February 12, 2023. UI Hotline: 1-844-908-2178 Read more here.

ADWS provides interpretation and translation services, at no cost, for clients who need assistance in accessing and participating in available services and programs. To request an interpreter or translator, please contact your nearest local office. 

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ADWS proporciona servicios de interpretación y traducción, sin costo alguno, para clientes que necesitan asistencia accediendo y participando en servicios y programas disponibles. Para solicitar un intérprete o traductor, por favor póngase en contacto con su oficina local más cercana.

ADWS cung cấp dịch vụ thông dịch và phiên dịch miễn phí cho khách hàng cần trợ giúp trong việc tiếp cận và tham gia các dịch vụ và chương trình hiện có. Để yêu cầu thông dịch viên hoặc phiên dịch viên, yêu cầu liên lạc với văn phòng địa phương gần nhất.

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