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

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     Blind Artist visits First Step


The Art AJAR Program was approached by Kate Schaffer on the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance and asked if we would like to host Mr. Bramblitt’s   workshop “the Bramblitt Workshop” which is part of the May Art in the Park event in Hot Springs. Our Adult Clients in our Art AJAR workshop welcomed Mr. Bramblitt with open arms and with much enthusiasm and the workshop went off without a hitch. Our clients were blown away to learn that Mr. Bramblitt was blind and still able to create amazing pieces of art using other senses rather than sight. A big part of what we do at First Step is to help our clients find creative ways to be as independent as possible, which is what Mr. Bramblitt brilliantly did not only for our client during our workshop, but for himself throughout his life. Mr. Bramblitt was presented with an original art piece created by one of our adult clients in Art AJAR Program as a thank you for his time and the gifts he shared with our clients. First Step looks forward to following Mr. Bramblitt’s amazing career, and hopes to expand our relationship with the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance.

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.

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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.

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    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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