Improving the Quality of Life in Your Community


First Step is here to help improve quality of life for those with developmental disabilities.

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     First Step Malvern – Open House

First Step is pleased to have a new Adult facility in Malvern.  Aerah Hardin, Center Director (pictured far left). They celebrated with an Open House on Sunday, June 28th.   Much thanks to all who helped prepare and those who came!


Welcome to First Step

Here to Improve Quality of Life
Most of us are affected to some degree by family members or friends who have some form of disability. First Step is here to help improve the quality of life in the community by helping those with developmental disabilities become more independent. Established in 1958, First Step is a place where children and adults with developmental disabilities receive developmental treatment and therapeutic service in a community setting.

Developmental Delays range from minor setbacks to severe problems. Our role is to help each person develop the skills and behavior necessary to take the critical first step toward a more fulfilling life style.

“We are committed to helping ordinary families faced with extraordinary circumstances get the help they need.” – Pam Bland, Executive Director, First Step. Inc.

Admission to First Step

Discovering Your Options

Where do you start when you discover your family member or someone else in your care might have developmental disabilities or delays?

Step 1: Caregiver contacts First Step to arrange an appointment. Refer to First Step locations page to find the First Step location that is closest to where you live.

Step 2: Meet with a member of the Referral Staff for an interview to discuss what type of developmental concerns you have. You will learn about the process for admission and what is required.

Click here to find a First Step location near you.

  • First Step Near You

    HOT SPRINGS: 501.624.6468

    FORDYCE: 870.352.7975

    SPARKMAN: 870.678.2201

    HAMBURG: 870.853.0857

    MALVERN: 501.337.7622

    GLENWOOD: 870.356.3622

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