Category Archives: Business Relations

READI-Net offers medical aspects of disability training for employers (photo gallery)

More than 100 people, representing some 50 employers, recently attended the Medical and Psychological Aspects of Disability in the Workplace mini-conference at the Trussville Civic Center. The daylong workshop featured a number of expert panels discussing orthopedic disorders, internal disorders, deafness/hearing loss, reasonable accommodations, mental illness and cognitive disorders, and trauma disorders. Participating employers included the Alabama Department of Transportation,

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Employers weigh in on value of VR services at business roundtable (photo gallery)

Steve Woodson, chief executive officer of the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), explains the goal of the roundtable

  Representatives from 20 employers from around the state gathered recently for a business roundtable on disability in the workplace. Alabama was one of five states – California, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania being the others – to participate in the event as part of the Council for State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation’s strategic planning initiative, known as Vision 2020. The roundtables

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Business Relations Administrator Peggy Anderson’s retirement reception (photo gallery + video)

Peggy Anderson is presented the VIP award from Lamona Lucas

Members of the Rehab Family gathered Sept. 29 to honor Business Relations Administrator Peggy Anderson for her more than 35 years of loyal service to Alabamians with disabilities. Friends, family, community partners, and colleagues as well as founding ADRS Commissioner Lamona Lucas gathered to celebrate Anderson’s many contributions as a passionate advocate for the creation of the department and a

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Leslie Dawson readies for Business Relations administrator role

With the Oct. 1 retirement of Statewide Business Relations Administrator Peggy Anderson, Leslie Dawson is preparing to fill some very big shoes. In August, ADRS Commissioner Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw named Dawson to succeed Anderson as the department’s business relations administrator and a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT). “I’m honored and humbled,” Dawson said about her new role. “Peggy

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Employment training conference brings ‘Carnival of Careers’ to Andalusia (photo gallery + video)

Students listen during a session at the employment conference

The Covington County Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities (CCCEPD) hosted its 11th annual Employment Training Conference for area youth April 11 in Andalusia. The one-day training connected more than 240 high school students with disabilities from 10 area schools with different and exciting employment opportunities to explore and expand their horizons within the community. Jobs in public service were a focus in this

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BRC teams with library to find gold at end of ‘Beautiful Rainbow’

When the Beautiful Rainbow Catering Company and Garden officially opened its doors inside the Gadsden Public Library on Valentine’s Day, it was a cause of celebration for everyone involved. The library café is the latest component of a larger garden-to-table education curriculum for adolescents and young adults with significant cognitive disabilities in the Gadsden City Schools. In addition to operating the area’s only vegetarian eatery, the program also

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Business relations consultants gather for quarterly meeting (photo gallery)

Staff from the ADRS Business Relations Program held their quarterly meeting at Cheaha State Park earlier this week. The three-day retreat included sessions on important employment issues as well as updates on the RAVE program, business relations consultant specialty areas, and the U.S. Business Leadership Network.

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VA Employer Summit a success

Nearly 90 representatives from more than 50 companies around the Southeast recently attended the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) Employer Breakfast Summit at Trenholm State Community College in Montgomery. With ADRS as a partner, the summit enabled employers to facilitate a discussion on hiring veterans with different organizations to support their efforts upon exiting the United States Armed

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Video to showcase ADRS Business Relations versatility

A video project that will be used as part of a best practices toolkit for the 80 vocational rehabilitation agencies nationwide will feature several Alabama businesses as partners of the ADRS Business Relations Program. Once completed, the video – entitled Focus on Alabama: Business Engagement at Five Phases – will serve as a companion to a toolkit on the five different stages of business engagement: advising, capacity

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Employment training conference awakens the work force (video, photo gallery)

The Covington County Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities (CCCEPD) sponsored a one-day employment training conference for area youth May 4 in Andalusia. Each year, the conference connects more than 150 high school students with disabilities from 10 area schools with different and exciting employment opportunities to explore within the community. Former University of Alabama football coach Mike DuBose

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Awards ceremony honors businesses, exceptional people with disabilities

The Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities – a program of ADRS – 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. 1 ceremony/reception in the Old Archives Chamber of the Alabama State Capitol.

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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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North Alabama transition event prepares students for work world

Shannon Robinson, from ADRS Lakeshore, speaks at the session on job readiness

More than 150 high school students from Limestone and Morgan counties recently participated in Transition Mentoring Day on the campus of Calhoun Community College in Tanner. The half-day event – sponsored by VRS and the North Alabama Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities – featured sessions on disability awareness, job interviewing skills, employment readiness, and budgeting/financial management (also known

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Employment training conference encourages teens to outwit, outwork, outlast

The Covington County Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities (CCCEPD) sponsored a one-day employment training conference for area youth, held April 8 in Andalusia. The theme of the 9th annual conference was Survivor: The Employment Edition. The event connected more than 150 high school students with disabilities from 10 area schools to several different and exciting employment opportunities to

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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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Montgomery area AGCEPD awards ceremony

The awards ceremony had 100 percent attendance

The Montgomery Area Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities held its 34th annual awards luncheon Oct. 9th, honoring businesses, individuals with disabilities, professionals, transition youth, and educators. The Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities educates the public about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and promotes greater independence for people with disabilities. The winners

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Innovative ADRS business partner invited to White House roundtable

Doug Parks guides Gov. Robert Bentley on a walking tour of the distribution center in McCalla.

An ADRS business partner has been invited to be part of an audience discussion at the White House regarding unique and innovative strategies on hiring persons with disabilities during a “Champions of Change” event Oct. 14. Doug Parks, director of the Office Depot distribution center in McCalla, is one of a few employers nationwide selected to take part in the discussion

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