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‘A-Team’ tackles accommodations issues with cross-divisional approach

The Birmingham-area Accommodations Team – better known as the 'A Team' – discusses accommodations at their quarterly meeting.

The ADRS A-Team — that’s the accommodations team — isn’t taking pity or prisoners when it comes to helping all consumers achieve their maximum potential. The team’s innovative approach targets consumers with the most-significant disabilities, and cleverly uses creative solutions through rehabilitation technology to better prepare individuals for life at home, school, work, and in the community. If the concept sounds similar

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Technology Symposium highlights latest in technology for visually impaired

Attendees visit the exhibits at the 2015 Technology Symposium

The 2015 Technology Symposium – “Gaining the Edge: Assistive Technology for Education, Employment, and Entertainment” – was held Jan. 23 at E.H. Gentry Technical Facility in Talladega. Sponsored by ADRS, the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB), and the Alabama School for the Blind Alumni Association, the free, one-day event featured hands-on access to new cutting-edge technology for people

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Statewide awards honor businesses, exceptional people with disabilities

The Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities honored the success and contributions of individuals with disabilities in the workforce and recognized businesses that provide opportunities for successful employment for people with disabilities. The winners were recognized at a Dec. 16 ceremony/reception in the Old Archives Chamber of the Alabama State Capitol. Gov. Robert Bentley was on hand

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SAIL training focuses on person-centered planning

SAIL staff listen as Rehabilitation Specialist Wanda Brady explains a group activity

State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL) Program staff gathered Dec. 12 for a daylong session on “person-centered” planning. All SAIL staff – including nurses, case managers, independent living specialists, and administrative support assistants – were in attendance. The training, developed by SAIL Coordinator Karen Coffey and Rehabilitation Specialist Wanda Brady, focused on Medicaid-mandated changes to requirements regarding person-centered service plans

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Employers provide feedback at Transition Think Tank meeting

The Birmingham-area Transition Think Tank Committee held its quarterly meeting at the Jefferson County Workforce Development office building Dec. 11. The meeting featured panelists representing ACIPCO (American Cast Iron Pipe Company), Brookwood Medical Center, CEFA (Construction Education Foundation of Alabama), Lowe’s, and Regions Bank discussing issues that they face as employers. The meeting was designed to provide key stakeholders –

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ADRS, DMH honor Project SEARCH employers

The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Alabama Department of Mental Health recognized the contributions of seven Project SEARCH employer sites at a luncheon held Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel and Conference Center.

The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) and the Alabama Department of Mental Health (DMH) honored Project SEARCH employer partners at a luncheon Tuesday, Dec. 2. The event, held at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Prattville, recognized the contributions of the seven Project SEARCH sites around the state: Baptist Medical Center South, Birmingham-Southern College, Huntsville Hospital, Mobile Infirmary,

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Tuscaloosa SAIL staff spearhead drive to assist area consumers

SAIL staff placed the collected items in re-usable grocery bags to distribute them to consumers.

The Tuscaloosa office of the State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL) program recently held a personal hygiene/household items drive to benefit SAIL consumers in the Tuscaloosa area. The month-long effort was spearheaded by Independent Living Specialist Misty Smith, Nurse Case Manager Denise Brazeal, Case Manager Ashley Foster, Case Manager Nancy Harrison, and SAIL administrative assistant Rosie Tinker. The office held

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White Cane Walk 2014 features activities, vendors

Walkers arrive at their destination

The White Cane Day Walk was Oct. 30 in Talladega. The event highlighted the importance of the white cane to the independence of people with visual impairments. The free, public event was organized by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB). The festivities began with a one-mile walk that took

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Dec. 1 paychecks to include bonuses for eligible employees

Most state employees can expect a boost in their Dec. 1 paychecks. The increase includes a one-time $400 bonus for state workers employed on Oct. 1 and continuously thereafter through Nov. 30. Taxes and other deductions will cut that amount to $249.40. That same check will also include the annual longevity bonus for state employees who have been with the

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ADRS partners with AIDB, Troy University to provide pro-tactile training

The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Troy University Interpreter Training Program, and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind partnered to provide a comprehensive Pro-Tactile training for members of the DeafBlind community and professionals in the field. The approach is designed to give the Deafblind person more access (that is, more information) to the environment as well as the

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NDEAM events honor success, contributions of workers with disabilities

VRS Unit Supervisor Craig Akin speaks at the 2013 Montgomery area National Disability Employment Awareness Month awards luncheon.

As part of the upcoming October observance of National Disability Employment Awareness (NDEA) Month, the Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, a program of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS), will have 14 special events around the state. The events will honor the success and contributions of individuals with disabilities in the workforce and recognize businesses

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ADRS, AIDB sponsor upcoming White Cane Day Walk

ADRS Orientation and Mobility Specialist Yolanda Smith teaches white cane skills to an individual who is visually impaired

An upcoming event in Talladega will highlight the importance of the white cane to the independence of people with visual impairments. National White Cane Awareness Day will be celebrated Thursday, Oct. 30, with a free, public event organized by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB). The festivities will begin

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Upcoming EI conference to be ‘sailing with flying colors’

Conference attendees participate in the group activity during the Family Voices of Alabama session, 'Dream Weavers: Tips for Developing the Supports Your Family Needs'

The 30th Annual Early Intervention and Preschool Conference is set for Nov. 17-19 at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile. The theme of this year’s conference is “Sailing with Flying Colors.” The keynote speakers for the two-and-a-half day conference will be Dr. Allen Mallory, one of the most-popular child care speakers in the country, and teacher-author-consultant Dr. Jean Feldman.

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