Keith Vire, chief executive officer of the Arkansas Support Network, says he’s had the same question posed to him throughout his entire career: “What family member inspired you to dedicate your life to working with and for people with developmental disabilities?” “I’ll answer ‘Nobody,’ and they say, ‘That can’t be true. You can’t be as
As we continue to celebrate Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, today we highlight three more of the Direct Support Professionals, or Community Support Professionals as we call them as ASN, who make the mission of ASN a reality for so many individuals. Thanks for all you do! Debbie Vaillencourt has been an employee of ASN
Little Rock, AR, July 14, 2017: The Arkansas Waiver Association (AWA) presented Dr. Keith Vire with their first ever “Service Recognition Award” during their annual conference. “‘The Service Recognition Award’ is a special award created to honor Dr. Vire for his many years of service fighting for the rights of people with disabilities and his
Fayetteville, AR, (April 17, 2017): Dr. Keith Vire, CEO of Arkansas Support Network, was presented with the prestigious “Social Justice Award” on Monday, April 17, 2017 from the Arkansas Affiliate of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (Ark-AHEAD). Each year Ark-AHEAD recognizes an Arkansas citizen, agency, or association that strives to promote social justice
We are always proud of our ASN athletes and today is no different. We are thrilled to share with you that our ASN Fort Smith basketball team took home the gold at the Arkansas State Special Olympics basketball tournament in Russellville last weekend! Although this was their first year to have a team, they didn’t
In this installment of Sharing the Good, we hear from ASN CEO, Keith Vire, as he shares the beginning of his relationship with ASN and the things that have long been important to us. Click on the picture of Keith to open the video and enjoy!
So much of what we do at ASN is about finding and connecting with the good in people and in everyday life. It is an important part of the work that we do and ensures we do our work in the best way possible. We’ve found sharing “Good Stories” to be a powerful way to
Today, as part of our Athletes of ASN series, we are excited to highlight an all-around athlete and ASN’s awesome softball teams. Dennis Stewart is a multi-sport athlete. He competes in softball, basketball, bowling, and track and field. Dennis loves being a part of a team strives to be able to help other people with
Today’s featured Athlete of ASN is an incredible guy who has accomplished some incredible things. At the ripe old age of 16, Justin Zielke has accomplished something many people never will, and he’s not just done it once but TWICE. Justin, for the second year, competed as a para-athlete in the Rampey Foundation’s Tri-fest for MS.
We begin our month-long celebration of the amazing Athletes of ASN with two familiar faces on the softball fields: Jason Partain is not only a fixture on the softball field, he can also be found lifting heavy weights in the weight room. He has over 15 years experience in weightlifting and 12 years of