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Training people with disabilities

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- It's more than just finding a good job. It's about learning to live independently.

One of the many missions for Abilities Unlimited in Hot Springs is to help and train people with disabilities to become as independent as possible.

Abilities Unlimited, established in 1961, offers training on assembly, packaging, retail, and janitorial maintenance. The program is more than that. It includes life skills training to teach participants how to do everyday tasks like cooking and cleaning.

The community has helped this program flourish by donating to the Abilities Unlimited Thrift Store located at 1819 Albert Pike in Hot Springs Village.

You can attend a free training workshop on positive behavioral supports from The Arc of the Tri-Lakes Region on Thursday, September 20, 2012, 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Haven United Methodist Church, 107 Burroughs Street, Hot Springs. You can also email tri.lakes.arc@gmail.com for more information.

Also, Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 6:00-8:00 p.m. and November 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at U.S. Pizza in Hillcrest (upstairs) 2710 Kavanaugh, LR - Across from the Ice House, The Arc of Central Arkansas will present a topical discussion series on Transition Topics, first topic up for discussion, Community First Choice Option. This program of the Affordable Care Act will replace Medicaid Waiver services in Arkansas and will answer questions e.g. What does the future hold? There are other trainings on this same topic scheduled through April 30, 2013, but locations are yet to be determined.

The Arkansas Disability Coalition will share information about Disability Awareness Day in the Rotunda of the Arkansas State Capitol October 17, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

• 10/1-3 Arkansas transition summit at Hot Springs Convention Center
• October 6th - Walk Now for Autism Speaks 
• October 10 - Arkansas Disability Policy Consortium from 8AM - 3PM at Comfort Inn and Suites in Little Rock. or the Arkansas Disability Policy Consortium has a Facebook page.