May 5 event honors founding commissioner (video, photo gallery)

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Founding Commissioner Lamona Lucas, who more than 22 years ago led the drive to establish an independent department for Alabamians with disabilities of all ages, was honored today in Montgomery and in all ADRS offices around the state.

Under Lucas’s leadership, groundbreaking legislation was drafted to unify and house the state’s services for Alabama’s babies, children, teens, and adults with disabilities under one roof. Prior to May 5, 1994, each of those services were provided by a division housed in the state’s Department of Education.

Had we not prevailed, many people’s careers – especially Lucas’s – would have been on the line.

Prevail, we did, and Alabama became the first state in the nation to offer a “continuum of services,” an integrated approach that allows a seamless transition for persons who need individualized services across a multitude of programs.

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