Monthly Archives: October 2014

White Cane Walk 2014 features activities, vendors

Walkers arrive at their destination

The White Cane Day Walk was Oct. 30 in Talladega. The event highlighted the importance of the white cane to the independence of people with visual impairments. The free, public event was organized by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB). The festivities began with a one-mile walk that took

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LTI preps next generation of leaders

The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services has always believed in promoting from within. The department’s commitment to that philosophy is even evident in the “Blueprint for the 21st Century,” which states that “we value leadership at all levels and we will … provide support and leadership development opportunities.” In keeping with that commitment, the department is preparing to launch the

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Dec. 1 paychecks to include bonuses for eligible employees

Most state employees can expect a boost in their Dec. 1 paychecks. The increase includes a one-time $400 bonus for state workers employed on Oct. 1 and continuously thereafter through Nov. 30. Taxes and other deductions will cut that amount to $249.40. That same check will also include the annual longevity bonus for state employees who have been with the

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Montgomery area AGCEPD awards ceremony

The awards ceremony had 100 percent attendance

The Montgomery Area Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities held its 34th annual awards luncheon Oct. 9th, honoring businesses, individuals with disabilities, professionals, transition youth, and educators. The Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities educates the public about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and promotes greater independence for people with disabilities. The winners

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Conference offers ‘wave’ of support for people with visual impairments

Commissioner Cary Boswell provides the ADRS update at the AER Conference

The Alabama Chapter of the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) held its 31st annual conference Oct. 4-7. “Wave of the Future” served as the theme of the theme for this year’s conference, which included several educational and informative presentations from professionals, parents, and practitioners. The conference focused on providing answers to many

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Innovative ADRS business partner invited to White House roundtable

Doug Parks guides Gov. Robert Bentley on a walking tour of the distribution center in McCalla.

An ADRS business partner has been invited to be part of an audience discussion at the White House regarding unique and innovative strategies on hiring persons with disabilities during a “Champions of Change” event Oct. 14. Doug Parks, director of the Office Depot distribution center in McCalla, is one of a few employers nationwide selected to take part in┬áthe discussion

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