Category Archives: SAIL

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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SAIL, Carpenters for Christ partner to provide ramps to consumers

The brutal Alabama heat and humidity could not erase the smiles on the faces of the Carpenters for Christ volunteers as they worked on one of their most recent projects. The group, which operates through First Baptist Church of Tallassee, has assisted Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services Independent Living Specialist Sharon Weaver in providing wheelchair ramps for clients who would

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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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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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SAIL, Senior Services partner to provide meals to persons with significant disabilities

State of Alabama Independent Living recently formed a partnership with the Alabama Department of Senior Services to provide access to Meals on Wheels to qualifying individuals currently served by a SAIL Medicaid waiver, said SAIL Program Specialist Kathy Fountain. Senior Services Commissioner Neal Morrison approached Fountain to provide $50,000 in funding for SAIL to access the Meals on Wheels program statewide.

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SAIL retreat focuses on team building (photo gallery)

The State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL) program staff retreat kicked off yesterday at the Orange Beach Hilton Garden Inn. The three-day training is focusing on team building and pertinent topics of interest like the Personal Choices program. Staff were also asked to make a full accessibility assessment of a restaurant of their choosing to report to the group on Day 2.

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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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‘Personal Choices’ offers SAIL consumers more flexibility in care

State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL) service consumers statewide will soon have an option to play a much bigger role in making decisions concerning their own personal care. Set to roll out Oct. 1, Personal Choices will allow Medicaid waiver participants to choose whom to hire as their personal care attendants, when those attendants will work, and how much they will be paid, said SAIL

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Construction continues on Tuscaloosa facility (photo gallery)

The view from the second floor

  Work is progressing on the 56,000-square-foot facility that will house the ADRS offices in Tuscaloosa. The complex, owned by Easter Seals West Alabama, will boast three floors, with Alabama’s Early Intervention System offices and Children’s Rehabilitation Service offices and clinic space occupying the first floor and office space for Vocational Rehabilitation Service and State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL)/Homebound on

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ADRS Med Aspects conference offers training opportunity for staff

Laura Lieb, a nurse practitioner, speaks at the 'Understanding Parkinson Disease' session

The ADRS Medical Aspects of Disability Conference attracted some 250 EI, CRS, VRS, and SAIL staff to the Hyatt Regency in Birmingham. The two-day conference featured 16 distinct concurrent sessions on such topics as diabetes, dementia, traumatic brain injury and vision, dysphagia, professional ethics, seizures and epilepsy, spasticity management, Parkinson’s disease, “hearing privilege,” and stroke.

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Tuscaloosa SAIL staff collect household items for consumers and families

A table holds the items collected in the SAIL drive

  Staff in the Tuscaloosa SAIL office recently collected household and personal hygiene items for SAIL consumers. The drive, which began Oct. 1 and wrapped up in early November, brought in enough items for 41 bags. Items collected include paper towels, laundry detergent, body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, facial tissue, and deodorant. Donations were received from ADRS staff members and local churches.

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Site prep begins for new Tuscaloosa facility

  Site preparation is underway at the location of the new ADRS facility in Tuscaloosa. The facility, which is owned and being built by Easter Seals West Alabama, will be on James I. Harrison Jr. Parkway East, a short distance from the current location of the Tuscaloosa VRS-SAIL office. The 56,000-square-foot complex will feature three floors, with Early Intervention offices and

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ADRS celebrates 20 years of independence

Connie Brechin Gloria Crider Becky Fields Ann James Ronny McCall Fredonia Mobley Karen Nobles Sue Schulgin Lynn Shelton

Twenty years. Four commissioners. Six sites. The statewide commemoration of the department’s 20th anniversary kicked off Monday, Sept. 14, in Mobile and wrapped up two weeks later in Huntsville. Founding Commissioner Lamona Lucas made a special appearance at events in Mobile and Montgomery. Former Commissioner Winona Nelson spoke to the Montgomery group, and Former Commissioner Steve Shivers joined the celebration in

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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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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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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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SAIL staffer Autrey receives national leadership award

SAIL Rehabilitation Specialist Steve Autrey is this year’s recipient of the National Rehabilitation Association’s (NRA) Yvonne Johnson Leadership Award. Autrey received the award Nov. 1 at the NRA Annual Training Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. Since 2001, the Yvonne Johnson Leadership Award has been given annually to an individual who is highly committed to issues concerning people with disabilities and the professionals who

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