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Philosophy and Goals

The Arkansas 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 fulfils its mission through the following goals:

  1. Employment - To assist Arkansans who are blind or visually impaired to secure or maintain employment and 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 stabilizing vision, and, where possible, restoring vision.


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

Name Title Phone Email
Cassondra Williams

DSB Director

Fax: 501-682-0366
Angela Thomas DSB Assistant Director 501-682-0360
Fax: 501-682-0366
Vacant DSB Chief Fiscal Officer 501-682-0367
Fax: 501-682-0366
Jim Pearson Manager, DSB Business and Technology 501-682-0350
Fax: 501-682-0359
Betsy Barnes Administrator, Field Services 501-682-0330
Fax: 501-683-1571


Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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