Easter Seals Arkansas breaks ground on new apartment complex

Easter Seals Arkansas is giving more than a dozen people with disabilities or special needs the chance to live independently in a new apartment complex.

The organization held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday at Harold Court in midtown Little Rock. The complex will house 14 people and feature one and two bedroom units, a community room, laundry facilities, wheelchair accessible restrooms, and one hearing/visually impaired unit.

For many residents, this will be the first opportunity to live on their own.

"A lot of times people forget that children grow up and they're going to be adults and they're still going to need some assistance, either with their living arrangements or with getting a job in the community," said Sharon Moone-Jochums, retired president and CEO of Easter Seals Arkansas.

Moone-Jochums said everyone with a disability wants the same kind of life as anyone else.

"They want to be independent, they want to earn a living, they want to have friends. And I think that's what [Harold Court] represents," she said.

Harold Court is named in memory of Harold Rousch, one of the first tenants of Easter Seals Armistead Village apartments.

The new complex is expected to be complete next spring.