Monthly Archives: January 2015

VR welcomes Akin, Stewart to new leadership roles

Two recent promotions find VRS staff members Craig Akin and Jean Stewart assuming new leadership roles. On Nov. 16, Akin replaced new VR Assistant Commissioner James Myrick as general VR state office administrator/director of special programs. Akin’s promotion left Montgomery’s VR office without a supervisor. That position was filled by Stewart, who moved into her new post Jan. 16. Akin

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CRS, UCP work in tandem on new Neuromotor Clinic

The CRS office in Homewood has partnered with United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham to conduct a unique clinic for children with serious neuromotor disabilities. The clinic evaluates and treats clients with neuromotor disabilities related to traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, spina bifida, and other neuromotor conditions. Led by Dr. Charlie Law, medical director with United Cerebral Palsy and

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Technology Symposium highlights latest in technology for visually impaired

Attendees visit the exhibits at the 2015 Technology Symposium

The 2015 Technology Symposium – “Gaining the Edge: Assistive Technology for Education, Employment, and Entertainment” – was held Jan. 23 at E.H. Gentry Technical Facility in Talladega. Sponsored by ADRS, the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB), and the Alabama School for the Blind Alumni Association, the free, one-day event featured hands-on access to new cutting-edge technology for people

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LTI session II underway

  Twenty-three ADRS staff members returned to Montgomery for the second session of ADRS’s Leadership Training Institute (LTI), which kicked off yesterday and continues through Thursday. LTI is an intense training program designed specifically to prepare staff to assume positions of leadership within the agency. It consists of five four-day sessions to establish and strengthen camaraderie and working relationships between

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Tech event looks at solutions for the blind and visually impaired

Individuals who are blind or have low vision have a unique opportunity to try out innovative and cutting-edge technologies at a one-day tech event at the E.H. Gentry facility in Talladega on Jan. 23. The 2015 Technology Symposium – “Gaining the Edge: Assistive Technology for Education, Employment, and Entertainment” – is a free event sponsored by ADRS, the Alabama Institute

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Department celebrates 20 years of serving Alabamians with disabilities

Celebrating 20 years

Twenty years ago, the Alabama Legislature and Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. established the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services to provide a service-delivery system specifically designed for people with disabilities and their families. With this legislation, Alabama’s rehabilitation, education, and employment services for infants, children, teenagers, and adults with disabilities were consolidated into a single agency of government to better meet

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