Supportive Living (Alternative Community Services Waiver Program)

Supportive Living services provides individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to become increasingly more independent and self-sustaining in a homelike atmosphere, which includes adequate supervision to assure the health and safety of the residents.  Trained supervisory staff provide individualized training designed to optimize skills and abilities in the areas of social development, social participation, personal growth, and community awareness.

The agency provides Employment and Community Services for persons with developmental disabilities as an alternative to institutionalization. Alternative Community Services provides support and supervision in the individual’s home, training in daily living skills, respite for caregivers, and

transportation to access the community. The main objective of these services is to increase independence by improving skills and the ability to live, work, socialize, and integrate into the community.

The Waiver program is Federally-funded through Medicaid and supports home and community-based services. Day Habilitation provides training in daily living skills such as self-care, language, mobility, independent living, along with vocational and pre-vocational skills. The main objective of these programs is to provide the necessary supports needed to improve skills and abilities, thus increasing levels of independence.

Interview with James Wyatt, Persons Served

Community Living

AEDD operates Community Living, which own seven homes in Little Rock, Sherwood and Maumelle, along with townhomes in Little Rock.  These residential properties are located in nice, integrated neighborhoods, have a live-in caregiver, and have three to four consumers living in each location.  These homes provide a family-like place for adults we serve to have the assistance of live-in caregiver.  The town-homes provide an option for a more independent setting where some consumers can live with a roommate, with a caregiver living on-site to provide oversight and assistance, but not living in the same residence

Elderly/Disabled Housing Assistance

University Gardens- Beebe, Arkansas

Located in Beebe, University Gardens is a 20-unit apartment complex. Apartments are leased to low-income elderly and physically disabled adults. All apartments are on ground level and accessed through a common hall. Residents pay rent and utilities based on a percentage of their income.

Mt. Ida Gardens- Mt. Ida, Arkansas

Mount Ida Gardens features 15 one-bedroom, ground level apartments built on 2.6 acres of land. Residents pay rent and utilities based on a percentage of their income. Rent is subsidized to eligible tenants who are low-income elderly or physically disabled individuals.

Grand Prairie Gardens, Inc. - Lonoke, Arkansas

Grand Prairie Gardens, located in Lonoke, is a 38-unit apartment complex. Apartments are leased to low income elderly and physically disabled adults. Grand Prairie’s construction was funded by a grant from HUD and rents are HUD subsidized. Grand Prairie Gardens is sponsored and managed by AEDD.