Monthly Archives: May 2015

Tour bus stops in Alabama to celebrate 25 years of the ADA

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the ADA Legacy Tour bus is rolling across the country to raise awareness and build excitement for this milestone anniversary. Guest speakers Rep. Thad McClammy (D-Montgomery) and Gov. Robert Bentley both served as guest speakers for the event on the Capitol steps. The “Road to

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Camp helps older Alabamians adapt to vision loss

  The fifth edition of Camp SAVI (Seniors Adapting to Vision Impairments) is being held this week in Talladega. The weeklong camp – sponsored by the department’s OASIS program, the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, and E.H. Gentry Technical Facility – teaches independent living skills to older Alabamians with vision loss. This session’s eight campers and their significant others

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ADRS, delegates prep for 17th YLF

Delegates are set to arrive for the 17th annual Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) in Troy, May 31 through June 4. Each year, the event better equips high school juniors and seniors with disabilities to take charge of their own lives through self-esteem, self-advocacy, and independent living skills. With 38 delegates expected to attend, the 2015 forum will be

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LTI graduation readies next generation of department leaders

In the same week that ADRS celebrates its 20th anniversary, 23 employees representing a new generation of leadership graduated from the 2014-15 Leadership Training Institute. The intensive training program, which began last October, is designed to prepare staff to assume positions of leadership within the agency as well as establish and strengthen camaraderie and working relationships among offices, programs, and divisions.

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New emergency communications system useful for persons with disabilities

In an emergency situation, minutes — and even seconds — count. A new service is now available in several areas of the state to boost the functionality of emergency 9-1-1 calls. Known as Smart911, the service allows you to create a customized profile detailing various disabilities, mobility limitations, medical conditions, allergies, medications, emergency contacts, or special transport needs before an emergency occurs. This

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