Mission Statement

Commission LogoThe Arkansas Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities in Arkansas.

The GCOPWD was established in 1946 by then governor Ben T. Laney at the request of President Harry S. Truman. The current commission was established by passage of ACT 911 of 1985 to advocate for the rights and full participation of persons with disabilities in Arkansas. Members are appointed by the Governor with fifty-one percent or more of the commission made up of individuals with disabilities.

Some of our responsibilities include

  • Advising and assisting the Governor in developing policies designed to meet the needs of Arkansans with disabilities.
  • Helping to coordinate state and private providers and activities relating to citizens with disabilities.
  • Cooperating with state agencies and private providers to assure that the services, which the Governor and the Arkansas General Assembly have authorized for people with disabilities are, in fact, provided.
  • Serving as a clearinghouse for information related to persons with such disabilities.
  • Consulting and cooperating with universities, colleges, and educational institutions for developing courses of study.
  • Assisting state and local governments in eliminating obstacles to dignity and achievement which people with disabilities may face as a result of a government and society unaware of or insensitive to their needs.
  • Promoting positive public awareness relating to people with disabilities.

For further information please contact 1-800-330-0632 or 501-296-1637.