Because of its central location, CHDC serves the entire state, providing comprehensive specialized services including, medical, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, orthotics and special education. Also provided are domestic and personal skill development, habilitation training, workshop opportunities, employment training and job opportunities both on campus and in the community, and recreation activities. As of May 2011, 484 of the people receiving services, have a primary disability of developmental/intellectual disability (93% have profound or severe developmental/intellectual disability). Additionally, 125 persons receiving services at CHDC are health fragile. CHDC’s population ranges in age from 7 to 74, with 40 school-age children receiving special education services. CHDC has been nationally accredited since 1986 and received consecutive three-year accreditations from the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since 1998.
Outstanding community support for CHDC is regularly demonstrated by the active CHDC Volunteer Council that sponsors many fund raising activities throughout the year to support Center programs and services. The council’s activities raised money to build a much needed indoor therapeutic swimming pool and fitness complex that is fully handicap accessible to individuals who utilize wheelchairs. Other monies, raised by the council in the highly popular annual events; the Walk-a-Thon and Bowl-a-Thon, funded construction of awning covers over the sidewalks on campus, which help shield residents and staff from harsh weather conditions. The Council’s current project is to construct a home on campus for parents and guardians to stay in when they visit their loved one.
The Conway HDC is an active participant in the Faulkner County Council on Developmental Disabilities (FCCDD). FCCDD’s membership includes staff from the Special Education Department for the Conway Public Schools, the directors of two local community programs that serve individuals from the Faulkner County vicinity; Independent Living Services and Faulkner County Day School, a representative from the Conway community, a consumer of Faulkner County and the Conway HDC Superintendent. FCCDD meets monthly to discuss issues and opportunities related to services for people with intellectual disabilities. FCCDD is the recipient of a supported work grant to promote employment for people with disabilities, and operates a van, funded by the Urban Mass Transit Authority (UMTA), that transports individuals to and from supported work in the community.
The Conway HDC is the sponsor of the highly successful Beyond the Borders regional conference. The conference has, over a period of 18 years, grown from a regional meeting of providers and other professionals in the field of services to people with disabilities to a nationally recognized and attended conference where real issues are presented and experiences and solutions discussed.