Special Announcements

GIVING TUESDAY is December 1st.  As you know First Step is a non-profit.  If you would like to donate to us, go to:  Foundation Page – then donate or call 501-620-4141 with your credit card number!  We appreciate any donation of any amount! 


The First Step Foundation is excited to announce an upcoming seminar that is free and open to the public.  Adam Williams of the Farrar & Williams law firm will be presenting a seminar on Estate Planning for families with special needs.  This hour long presentation will focus on the options of special needs trusts and guardianships.  Join us in the First Step Hot Springs Board Room on Tuesday, December 1st at 5:30.  Space is limited so reserve your spot today by calling 620-4141. 


Here to Improve Quality of Life

PaddleBallMost 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.


Discovering Your Options

KidsOnFloorWhere 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.