Monthly Archives: September 2019

Dotson says return to ADRS is like coming home

Courtney Dotson said her recent return to the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services feels like coming home. Dotson, who began her career in rehabilitation in 2004 after earning her undergraduate and master’s degrees in rehabilitation counseling from Auburn University, rejoined the department as a training specialist after 10 years at her alma mater. Her latest role with ADRS might be

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Workshop helps CRS staff open the lines of communication for consumers

Children’s Rehabilitation Service recently hosted an advanced workshop focusing on accessing augmentative communication devices with Prentke Romich Company (PRC). PRC is a major ACD manufacturer and trainer for proper usage of the technology. Speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, and assistive technology specialists from CRS and across the state were in attendance for the program, which was held in Montgomery and

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CRS, Church of the Highlands team up to construct wheelchair ramp

The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Church of the Highlands teamed up to construct a wheelchair ramp for an Altoona resident Saturday, Sept. 7. Church members were on the scene bright and early to construct a ramp for the resident, who has spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy. Children’s Rehabilitation Service Social Work Administrator Emma Hereford said rehab engineers visited

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Early Intervention staffers bond through training sessions

Early Intervention staff gathered in Orange Beach earlier this month for their annual staff training and retreat. The theme for this year’s program is “Ready, Set, Grow!!!!!” The two-day training program was filled with great opportunities for staff members to learn more about each other and enhance their skills. Day one focused on the DNA of a level five leader,

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New leadership, new approaches at Decatur and Huntsville VR offices

New faces and new ideas are on their way to the Decatur and Huntsville Vocational Rehabilitation Service offices. Britt Frankum, who has served as the field supervisor for the Decatur office, will assume the same role for the retiring Phyllis Barrett in Huntsville. Frankum’s position will be filled by Nancy Adams, who has most recently served in the state office.

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Alabama Board of Rehabilitation Services gathers for fall meeting

The September meeting of the Alabama Board of Rehabilitation Services marked the end of an era for one board member and two representatives of the Executive Leadership Team and the beginning of an exciting journey for another. District 1 Board Member Dr. Stephen Kayes, ADRS Chief Financial Officer Suzette Taylor, and Assistant Commissioner James Myrick all attended their final board

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LTI will welcome 26 participants

The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services recently announced the participants and dates for its 10th Leadership Training Institute (LTI). LTI is an intense training program that prepares current staff to assume leadership positions within the agency. It consists of four five-day sessions to establish and strengthen camaraderie and working relationships between offices and different divisions of ADRS. The members of

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Mobile VRS staffers receive a breakdown of SAIL programs

Representatives of the State of Alabama Independent Living program visited the Mobile Vocational Rehabilitation Service office Friday, Aug. 16, to provide input on the services available, eligibility requirements, and referral process for SAIL. The presentation was titled, “Cringles, Crossjacks, and Crows’ Nests: Finding Fair Winds and Following Seas.” SAIL Director Lisa Alford said this is a continuation of a program

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