Facebook Live series to spotlight ADRS programs

An exciting new opportunity for the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services to spread its message took flight Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Commissioner Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw discussed some of the department’s services and programs during a live online broadcast with Alex Bimes of Alabama Care to outline some of the avenues that help people with disabilities achieve their maximum potential.

The broadcast was the first of more than a dozen that will be broadcast monthly and spotlight the department and its many programs.

Alabama Care hosts weekly Facebook Live events featuring experts and persons with experience in the intellectual disability/developmental disability (ID/DD) community. These broadcasts are unique in that they allow viewers to submit questions, which are answered by guests.

Bimes decided to launch the online programs after discussing the idea with Full Life Ahead Foundation Executive Director Tammy Moore. The idea is to provide information through social media for people in rural areas who might not have an opportunity to attend meetings in person. The videos can be accessed at any time.

During the initial broadcast, Burdeshaw provided a synopsis of the continuum of services provided by ADRS with examples of how consumers can receive support from birth through adulthood.

Bimes asked Burdeshaw to compare ADRS programs to other states. She pointed out that Alabama often sets the standard for others when it comes to bettering the lives of people with disabilities. She added that ADRS is constantly working to elevate its level of service.

“I hope that people recognize, and I think that they do, that we typically set a lot of trends within the disability community,” she said. “I want to keep doing that in the years to come.”

When asked why ADRS programs have been so successful, Burdeshaw said maximizing available resources is a must.

“They key to (success) is involving consumers and their families, involving advisory groups, involving the Legislature, working with our sister state agencies like the Department of Mental Health, the DD council (Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities), or whoever it might be so that we can pool the limited resources that we have and make our services the best that they can be,” she said.

The next broadcast, which is set for Wednesday, Feb. 6, will focus on Alabama’s Early Intervention System.

To view the full video, visit http://www.facebook.com/AlabamaCare/videos/513314712836136/.

Captioned versions are available at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCelln8w51Z5AZ6y6kUR8tEw/videos?disable_polymer=1



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