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Gadsden CRS office helps teen secure standing chair

From left, transition social worker Holly Edwards, Jason Simpson, Grayson, Lisa Ellis and Mike Oliver gathered for a quick photo after a successful test run and fitting.

Grayson Huffman could not contain her excitement recently when she arrived at the Gadsden Children’s Rehabilitation Service office to receive a new motorized standing wheelchair. Grayson, 17, a junior at Cherokee High School, has cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder. Thursday’s presentation of the new chair ended more than six months of paperwork, research, and second effort from the Gadsden

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Parent consultant uses Facebook to offer CRS families more convenient meeting options

Life, especially for parents, can become very hectic. For this reason, Jessica Havard, a parent consultant in the Children’s Rehabilitation Service office in Mobile, has explored new avenues through Facebook to make Parent Advisory Committee meetings more convenient. “I realized a lot of people my age are using technology, and often they are on their phone anyway,” she said. “I

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SAIL staff offer training on eligibility, referral process

A special training is giving Children’s Rehabilitation Service staff a greater understanding of the department’s State of Alabama Independent Living(SAIL) Service. The training program, presented by SAIL state office staff members Marilyn Long and Lillian Butler, outlines the avenues used to improve the lives of ADRS consumers, including eligibility requirements and the process for referrals. Long, a specialist for the

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Holloway brings experience, understanding to CRS medical consultant post

Sharon Henderson, a parent consultant in the Opelika CRS office, and new CRS Medical Consultant Dr. Albert Holloway listen during the recent statewide meeting of the Parent Advisory Committee.

Dr. Albert Holloway has joined the Rehab Family as a medical consultant for Children’s Rehabilitation Service. Holloway, who joined CRS through a contractual agreement with Medicaid, is available to respond to medical concerns generated from staff, families, and providers of CRS services. CRS Director Melinda Davis said she is delighted to have Holloway available to serve as medical consultant. “He

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CRS receives grant to advance care for children with medical complexity

Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Networks (CoIINs) are multidisciplinary teams of federal, state, and local leaders working together to tackle a common problem. Last year, CRS was one of 10 states awarded a CoIIN to advance care for children with medical complexity (CMC). The grant, managed by the Boston University School of Public Health and supported through the Health Resources and

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New clinic ‘one-stop shop’ for youngsters with craniofacial disorders (photo gallery)

A student takes a photograph of a patient's mouth

Homewood’s CRS office recently launched a clinic to specifically address the orthodontics needs of children with craniofacial disorders. The CRS Orthodontic Clinic for Craniofacial Disorders – first held this past summer – offers a one-stop shop for consumers with craniofacial anomalies. The new clinic is the only one of its kind in the state and is held quarterly onsite at

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CRS offices celebrate summer with events for families (photo gallery)

Children’s Rehabilitation Service offices throughout the state have hosted a number of family-focused events this summer. In Opelika, families from Chambers, Lee, Macon, Montgomery, Randolph, Russell, and Tallapoosa, counties celebrated the end of the school year at the School’s Out Bash. The annual event –  jointly sponsored by Opelika CRS, VRS, Computer Services, and the Lee County Achievement Center –

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ADRS, Easter Seals open new Tuscaloosa facility (photo gallery + video)

Easter Seals West Alabama (ESWA) and the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) recently hosted a ribbon-cutting celebration for their new state-of-the-art facility. The new building – located at 1400 James I. Harrison Jr. Parkway Drive East – features 56,000 square feet of office space and houses all four major ADRS programs – Alabama’s Early Intervention System, Children’s Rehabilitation Service,

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Summit unites families, professionals as ‘partners in care’ (photo gallery + video)

More than 100 attendees came to Prattville’s Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill Conference Center for the seventh annual Family Voices Partners In Care Summit, April 20-21. The two-day family/professional development workshop aims to strengthen networks between families and care professionals and spotlights current challenges to developing quality systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs and

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Kids Wish Network honors Tuscaloosa CRS consumer (photo gallery)

Hero of the Month graphic w/ photo of Ashlyn with cheerleaders

Ashlyn Wilson, a CRS consumer from Tuscaloosa, was named April’s Hero of the Month by the Kids Wish Network. To celebrate the honor, staff in the Tuscaloosa CRS office sponsored a party for Ashlyn and her family, complete with pizza and cupcakes. Ashlyn, who has Down syndrome and bilateral hearing loss, loves cheerleaders and cheerleading, so CRS staff worked with

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ADRS staff re-locating to newly completed facility (photo gallery)

Earlier this week, the Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS) and State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL) offices in Tuscaloosa began moving to their new location at 1400 James I. Harrison Jr. Parkway E. When the move is complete, the 56,000-square-foot, three-story complex – owned and built by Easter Seals West Alabama – will house some 60 ADRS staff. The Tuscaloosa offices

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Anniston’s fall festival frightfully fun for CRS families (photo gallery)

Anniston’s CRS office held their annual fall festival for children with disabilities on Oct. 26. Open to families served by CRS and Early Intervention and children from area schools, approximately 150 children enjoyed the games, food and fun at the event. Activities at the festival included a cake walk, bean bag throw, hoop toss, water balloon toss and face painting.

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Muscle Shoals office re-locates to new facility (photo gallery)

A shot of the exterior of the building, which features covered accessible parking

The Children’s Rehabilitation Service office and clinic in Muscle Shoals is in the process of moving to its new facility. The 5,000-square-foot building is newly renovated to include a spacious clinic, state-of-the-art audiology suite, and offices for the six-member staff. The office serves almost 400 children with special health care needs in the Muscle Shoals area. Staff will begin conducting

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New Tuscaloosa complex progressing on schedule (video, photo gallery)

A telehandler operator empties debris in a dumpster in front of the building is abuzz with activity

Work continues on schedule on the new office complex for the ADRS offices in Tuscaloosa. The facility, which is owned and being built by Easter Seals West Alabama, is on James I. Harrison Jr. Parkway East, near the current location of the Tuscaloosa office for Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS) and State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL)/Homebound. The 56,000-square-foot complex will

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Montgomery, State Office CRS staff band together to help families get back to school

Montgomery CRS held a back-to-school drive in August and September to help area families start the school year off on the right foot. Several staff members in the Montgomery office “adopted” children in need by purchasing an individual child’s entire back-to-school shopping list. “I chose Moshope Arabi,” said CRS Speech-language Pathologist Program Specialist Sonia Cleckler. “She loved Disney’s ‘Frozen,’ so I tried to

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Jackson CRS community project to provide coats for kids

Parent Consultant Vivian Spears wants to ensure all kids have a warm coat this winter. As part of a community outreach, Jackson CRS will be offering free coats to the children and families they serve, and all ADRS staff are invited to donate. “When I was in the Tuscaloosa office, I held a coat drive after noticing several kids without jackets at the

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Commissioner visits Muscle Shoals offices, Blind Services staff retreat (photo gallery)

Commissioner Burdeshaw speaks to the group at the Blind Services staff retreat

Commissioner Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw visited the CRS and VRS offices in Muscle Shoals recently, introducing herself to and getting to know staff serving the northwest section of the state. While in the area, Burdeshaw also toured the new facility for Muscle Shoals CRS, which is currently being renovated. CRS staff are scheduled to re-locate to their new building Oct. 1. After leaving Muscle Shoals, Burdeshaw

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CRS updates Alabama families at State PAC meeting (photo gallery)

Families from across the state met with CRS and ADRS leaders yesterday at the State Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) to discuss current initiatives. Following a welcome from State Parent Consultant Susan Colburn, ADRS Commissioner Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw introduced herself and spoke about her career in rehabilitation. As guest speaker, Robin Rawls, communications director for Alabama Medicaid, updated attendees with the

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Early Intervention Update valuable for parents, professionals (photo gallery)

Speech-language Pathologist Melissa Cheslock of the University of Montevallo discusses addressing communication concerns regarding development of language strategies

  Parents and early intervention providers and other professionals gathered June 14 in Tuscaloosa for the 15th Annual Early Intervention Update. The event was sponsored by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (for Alabama’s Early Intervention System), the Three Rivers Early Intervention District VII Coordinating Council, and Auburn University at Montgomery. Some 200 participants attended the one-day workshop, which featured sessions

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Opelika CRS, VRS team up for ‘School’s Out Bash’ (video, photo gallery)

  With beautiful skies overhead, the Opelika Children’s Rehabilitation Service office opened the summer vacation season Friday with this year’s School’s Out Bash for children with special health care needs. Approximately 150-200 families from Lee, Tallapoosa, Macon, Chambers, Randolph, Russell, and Montgomery counties attended the event. Sharon Henderson, parent consultant for Opelika CRS, coordinated the event, which has quickly grown

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CRS project focuses on emergency preparedness for families of CSHCN

Children’s Rehabilitation Service is currently working on a quality improvement project to better prepare families of children with special health care needs for emergencies. CRS discovered a need for better emergency preparedness among families of children with disabilities as part of last year’s comprehensive needs assessment survey, said CRS Maternal and Child Health Coordinator Lolita McLean. “We were really surprised by the results,” said McLean.

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