Monthly Archives: September 2014

A Q&A with Jim Harris III and James Myrick

Jim Harris III, Curtis Glisson, and James Myrick speak during a summer meeting of field leadership

    Rehab news spoke with outgoing VRS Assistant Commissioner Jim Harris III and incoming VRS Assistant Commissioner James Myrick a week before Harris’s retirement. A transcript of that conversation follows:   RN: Jim, you’ve been with our department for 39 years. What does “rehabilitation” mean to you?   Harris: Rehabilitation is changing people’s lives – plain and simple. That’s

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ADRS partners with AIDB, Troy University to provide pro-tactile training

The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Troy University Interpreter Training Program, and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind partnered to provide a comprehensive Pro-Tactile training for members of the DeafBlind community and professionals in the field. The approach is designed to give the Deafblind person more access (that is, more information) to the environment as well as the

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NDEAM events honor success, contributions of workers with disabilities

VRS Unit Supervisor Craig Akin speaks at the 2013 Montgomery area National Disability Employment Awareness Month awards luncheon.

As part of the upcoming October observance of National Disability Employment Awareness (NDEA) Month, the Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, a program of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS), will have 14 special events around the state. The events will honor the success and contributions of individuals with disabilities in the workforce and recognize businesses

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ADRS, AIDB sponsor upcoming White Cane Day Walk

ADRS Orientation and Mobility Specialist Yolanda Smith teaches white cane skills to an individual who is visually impaired

An upcoming event in Talladega will highlight the importance of the white cane to the independence of people with visual impairments. National White Cane Awareness Day will be celebrated Thursday, Oct. 30, with a free, public event organized by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB). The festivities will begin

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Retirements lead to reorganization in Blind and Deaf Services

Blind Services staff listen to a speaker during their August retreat

The recent retirements of VR assistant commissioners Joe Helm and Rita Houston have led to a reorganization in VRS-Blind and Deaf Services. The initial change came as a result of the reallocation of Helm’s duties, including his oversight of the department’s highly regarded Business Enterprise Program, which employs almost 100 blind vendors at snack bars, cafeterias, vending machine facilities, dining

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Upcoming EI conference to be ‘sailing with flying colors’

Conference attendees participate in the group activity during the Family Voices of Alabama session, 'Dream Weavers: Tips for Developing the Supports Your Family Needs'

The 30th Annual Early Intervention and Preschool Conference is set for Nov. 17-19 at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile. The theme of this year’s conference is “Sailing with Flying Colors.” The keynote speakers for the two-and-a-half day conference will be Dr. Allen Mallory, one of the most-popular child care speakers in the country, and teacher-author-consultant Dr. Jean Feldman.

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