Monthly Archives: June 2015

New Selma office set for October opening

A major renovation currently in the works at 720 Alabama Ave. in Selma is good news for ADRS consumers in west Alabama. That is the address for the new Vocational Rehabilitation and Children’s Rehabilitation offices that will be serving children and adults with disabilities in Dallas and the surrounding counties. Though the construction project kicked off just a few short

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Meet ADRS’s new personnel manager

Human Resources Development (HRD) recently welcomed a new face to ADRS as the department’s new personnel manager. Tracy Francisco assumed her post May 1. “When I first arrived,” Francisco said, “this new job immediately felt like home to me. (HRD Director) Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw is a wonderful mentor. In my short time here at Rehab, I’ve already learned so much about the job and

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CRS answers SOS, holds in-state feeding conference

Children’s Rehabilitation Service recently hosted a four-day conference for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties and weight/growth problems. The conference – “Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders” – focused on the SOS (sequential oral sensory) approach to feeding, which aims to help rehabilitation professionals better identify oral, sensory, motor, cognitive, and emotional milestones that are instrumental in overcoming feeding difficulties.

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Shelby County Career Prep program participants learn teamwork

Shelby County Career Prep participants and staff gather at Camp McDowell

The 2015 session of Shelby County Career Prep continues this week. The nine-day workshop, which began last June 2, prepares high school juniors and seniors with disabilities for the world of work. Last week, the students traveled to Camp McDowell in Winston County to participate in a number of fun activities designed to foster a sense of unity and teach

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2015 edition of Youth Leadership Forum graduates 34

This year's YLF class included 34 delegates

Thirty-four students with disabilities are now graduates of this year’s Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum (YLF). The program, now in its 17th year, took place this week on the campus of Troy University and was sponsored by ADRS. On Wednesday, the students toured the state Capitol and attended a mentor luncheon at the RSA Activity Center in Montgomery. YLF is an innovative, intensive, five-day career

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Parents, professionals gather for 14th Early Intervention Update

Brian Harrison, the father of a child with special needs, spoke in the session entitled 'From a Father's Perspective'

Parents and early intervention providers and other professionals gathered in Tuscaloosa today for the 14th Annual Early Intervention Update. The event was sponsored by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (for Alabama’s Early Intervention System) and the Three Rivers Early Intervention District VII Coordinating Council. Some 200 participants attended the one-day workshop, which featured sessions on the importance of early

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