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Myrick passes the torch to Jenkins

For more than 40 years, Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services Assistant Commissioner James Myrick has tried to instill service from the heart in his daily life and the lives of those he supervised. At the beginning of October, Myrick, who was a record-setting track star at Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery, will passed the baton as assistant commissioner

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Recruitment is a high priority for Lebrick

In a short time, Marge Lebrick has proven to be a tremendous asset to the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services. Lebrick, who has only been with the department for two years, was recently chosen to succeed Lenore Dillon as the coordinator of vision rehabilitation therapists and orientation and mobility specialists. Despite her strong background in vision rehabilitation in her native

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Montgomery hosts third annual job fair

The third annual Governor’s Job Fair for People With Disabilities welcomed a large crowd of prospective employees to Montgomery’s Multiplex at Cramton Bowl on Thursday, Oct. 3. At the news conference that opened the job fair, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, along with several state agencies and industries, stressed the importance of providing opportunities for people with disabilities. “Today we are

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Myrick bids farewell to ADRS

Saying goodbye is never easy, especially to someone who has spent his entire adult life helping people with disabilities reach their maximum potential. On Friday, Sept. 27, friends, family, and coworkers honored Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services Assistant Commissioner James Myrick and thanked him for 40 years of service with a retirement ceremony in Montgomery. People from all over the

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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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Summer transition programs pave the way for future success

The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and its partners have had a busy summer conducting transition programs throughout the state to help students prepare for life after high school. These programs have provided hands-on lessons designed to develop and improve employment and independent living skills for teens and young adults with disabilities. The agenda differed from place to place, with

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SAIL and Carpenters for Christ partner for life-changing projects

The partnership between the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Service’s SAIL/Homebound program and Carpenters for Christ has had an enormous impact on River Region residents. The crew was in action again Monday, Aug. 5, when they constructed a 68-foot ramp for a consumer in Montgomery. The ramp, Carpenters for Christ co-founder Glen Baggett said, was their largest project to date. Fortunately,

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ADRS celebrates the 29th anniversary of the ADA

The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and Montgomery Area Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities invited other state agencies and friends to celebrate the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act Thursday, July 25. The group gathered in the fourth-floor conference room of the ADRS 560 S. Lawrence St. building to celebrate this important

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ADRS Lakeshore celebrates a new beginning

The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services’ ADRS Lakeshore office officially welcomed the public Friday, July 26, by cutting the ribbon at its new complex at 201 London Parkway in Birmingham. Visitors had an opportunity to tour the 16,000-square-foot building, which will provide an extra 2,000 square feet of space for the more than 30 staff members. The building features two

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ADRS staffers shine at AL-APSE Conference

During the most-recent Alabama Association for Persons In Supported Employment (AL-APSE) Conference, two members of the ADRS staff were honored for their service. Rachel Hughes earned the Brenda McComb Leadership Award, and Mobile Vocational Rehabilitation Service Field Supervisor Beth Hanks earned the President Award. Both were honored at the awards banquet, which took place at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel &

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Fussell fuels Faulkner students’ desire to achieve their goals

For years, Faulkner University Director for the Center of Disability Services Nichole Fussell faced an uphill academic battle. Now, she is able to promote the services that helped her earn college degrees and open doors for others facing similar challenges. Unlike some students with learning disabilities, Fussell was able to push through high school and enter college before she realized

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Readers relay news articles to blind and low-vision listeners

Keeping up with the latest news and events in the River Region can sometimes be a challenge for blind or low-vision residents. Fortunately, a partnership between the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and Troy University’s WTSU public radio ensures that listeners can stay informed of what is happening in the Montgomery area. The Radio Readers, a group of volunteers who

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Caldwell excited about opportunity to lead CRS

For Children’s Rehabilitation Service Director Cathy Caldwell, her new position with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services has seemed more like the next step than a major change. Caldwell, a Prattville native who spent the last 12 years as director of the Bureau of Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) with the Alabama Department of Public Health, said the switch to the

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Lanzi provides words of wisdom to 2019 YLF delegates

The 21st Youth Leadership Forum recently concluded another successful session. Sponsored by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the five-day event seeks to equip high school students with disabilities with valuable leadership skills through sessions on self-esteem, career exploration, technology, independent living, and etiquette. Other sponsors of this year’s camp included the Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with

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Project SEARCH concludes 2019 sessions with graduation ceremonies

Project SEARCH recently conducted graduation ceremonies throughout the state. Interns in Alabaster, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, Albertville, Birmingham, Anniston, Montgomery, Mobile, Fort Payne, Baldwin County, and Decatur were honored throughout the month of May for completing the business-led transition program for students with significant disabilities. Project SEARCH provides high school students an opportunity to explore careers and develop transferable job skills, while

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ADRS hosts meeting introducing Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side program

The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and Alabama’s Early Intervention System hosted the Alabama Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side kick-off meeting Friday, May 17. Throughout the day, those in attendance learned about Hands & Voices and how to provide non-biased support for the families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. For more information on the

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