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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 Pubic 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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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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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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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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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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Burdeshaw makes first field visit as commissioner (photo gallery)

New ADRS Commissioner Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw made the first of many field office visits July 14, when she toured ADRS-Lakeshore and the CRS CP Neuro Clinic at Children’s South Pediatric Outpatient Center. Commissioner Burdeshaw also made time to visit Homewood CRS staff before attending the quarterly Alabama Business Leadership Network (ABLN) board meeting in the afternoon. Burdeshaw plans similar visits to other ADRS offices over the

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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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Summit unites families and professionals (video, photo gallery)

More than 100 attendees came to Prattville’s Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill Conference Center for the sixth annual Family Voices Partners In Care Summit, April 14-15. 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 their families in

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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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Social workers make a difference in people’s lives

People – especially children – with disabilities often face a unique set of challenges in their everyday lives and need to receive services is a variety of settings. Professionals who hold a master’s or bachelor’s in social work help individuals with disabilities in a variety of ways. “In CRS, our social workers help our families to identify access and utilize resources,” said

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Birmingham CRS district office adds new administrative space

A workman assembles a desk

Seven members of the 11-person staff in CRS’ Birmingham district office are moving this week into a larger administrative space. The suites of offices is on Highland Avenue in Birmingham, less than two miles from the district’s clinic space at Children’s of Alabama. “The clinic area at Children’s is fine,” said Social Work Administrative/Office Coordinator Cassie Sigler-Allen, “but the office

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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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Selma VRS, CRS office moves to new space

Selma’s ADRS office now has a new address. The Vocational Rehabilitation and Children’s Rehabilitation offices in Selma moved Dec. 7 to a newly renovated existing location at 720 Alabama Ave. – in downtown and just across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The facility triples the space of the office’s former location on Citizen’s Parkway, which was shared with Easter Seals of Alabama, and is good news

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Inaugural Fall Festival draws large crowd in Anniston

A sign welcomes visitors to the Anniston EI-CRS Fall Festival

The Early Intervention and Children’s Rehabilitation Service staff in the Anniston office recently sponsored a Fall Festival for area consumers and their families. Spearheaded by CRS Social Work Administrator Stacie Rolf and CRS Nurse Coordinator Amy McQueen, the inaugural festival attracted some 200 children and families. The event featured games, face-painting, prizes, and treats. Local businesses and community organizations donated

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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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Overstreet’s journey: from stay-at-home mom to Jackson CRS office coordinator

Before Jennifer Overstreet gave birth to her daughter, she didn’t give much thought to the many issues that families of children with disabilities face in the state of Alabama. Today, Overstreet is a far cry from where she was 25 years ago. Recently named the new office coordinator for the CRS office in Jackson, she oversees a small office of six

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Federal reviewers visit Montgomery for CRS block grant, needs assessment review

Children’s Rehabilitation Service presented its five-year needs assessment survey results at the annual block grant review held Aug. 14 at the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). The needs assessment is conducted every five years by agencies that receive money through the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant. The survey helps state maternal and child health programs determine

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300 attend Muscle Shoals CRS carnival, wheelchair wash

Photo of train at Spring Park

Earlier this month, the CRS office in Muscle Shoals hosted the inaugural Carnival and Wheelchair Wash for children with special health care needs. The carnival, planned and coordinated by Muscle Shoals CRS staff, attracted 300 local children and adults, with 40 volunteers pitching in to wash 25 wheelchairs. The free event was held at Spring Park in Tuscumbia and included

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Birmingham-area artist volunteers time at Homewood CRS clinic

A popular art program at the CRS office in Homewood is continuing, thanks to the generosity of a Birmingham-area artist and Homewood CRS staff. Since 2005, the program – funded through a grant to VSA Alabama – has given children attending clinics at the Homewood office an opportunity to explore their artistic side while waiting for appointments. Most recently, teaching

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New Selma office set for October opening

A major renovation currently in the works at 720 Alabama Ave. in Selma is good news for ADRS consumers in west Alabama. That is the address for the new Vocational Rehabilitation and Children’s Rehabilitation offices that will be serving children and adults with disabilities in Dallas and the surrounding counties. Though the construction project kicked off just a few short

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CRS answers SOS, holds in-state feeding conference

Children’s Rehabilitation Service recently hosted a four-day conference for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties and weight/growth problems. The conference – “Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders” – focused on the SOS (sequential oral sensory) approach to feeding, which aims to help rehabilitation professionals better identify oral, sensory, motor, cognitive, and emotional milestones that are instrumental in overcoming feeding difficulties.

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Summit brings together partners in care

More than 200 attendees came to Prattville’s Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill Conference Center for the 5th annual Family Voices Partners In Care Summit, April 13-15. The yearly family/professional development workshop works 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 their families

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Needs Assessment findings presented to CRS

Children’s Rehabilitation Service received the needs assessment survey results from the University of Alabama at Birmingham on March 9. The in-depth survey is conducted every five years by agencies that receive money through the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant. “The purpose of the survey is to identify both the strengths and the weaknesses of our services,” said

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Therapy dogs visit Montgomery VR, CRS clinic

This week, Mark Vosel, VR state office administrator, held a Lunch & Learn session at the State Office for Dogs On Call, a therapy dog team organized through Easter Seals to provide assistance and compassion to adults and children. Dogs On Call trains and certifies therapy dog teams to provide comfort to persons who are at-risk, living with disabilities, suffering trauma or

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CRS, UCP work in tandem on new Neuromotor Clinic

The CRS office in Homewood has partnered with United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham to conduct a unique clinic for children with serious neuromotor disabilities. The clinic evaluates and treats clients with neuromotor disabilities related to traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, spina bifida, and other neuromotor conditions. Led by Dr. Charlie Law, medical director with United Cerebral Palsy and

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Cheerful murals brighten Anniston CRS

Several different animals travel by ark and bask in the colors of the rainbow

The halls of the Anniston CRS clinic have been made a bit brighter with the recent addition of several hand-painted murals placed throughout the clinic space. “The murals have been a big hit,” said Randy Whitt, CRS district supervisor. “Our children have absolutely loved them. Parents often take pictures of their children with the animals, and of course our two most popular

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Summer camp highlights talents of CRS staff, clients

Several CRS staff members recently assisted with a two-week summer camp for children with disabilities held at Alabama State University. Camp GIFTED (giving individuals freedom to express diversity) is an annual fine arts camp for students interested in drama. Each year, the camp culminates with an inspiring live show that features students acting and singing on stage. Behind the scenes, dedicated CRS staff

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Gov. Bentley’s health policy adviser visits ADRS

ADRS Commissioner Cary Boswell and ADRS Board Chair Roger McCullough welcomed David White, health policy adviser to Gov. Robert Bentley, to the ADRS state offices on the morning of June 6. White’s visit to ADRS was a friendly one as Gov. Bentley had asked that his adviser attend  quarterly meetings of the Alabama Board of Rehabilitation Services as a way to become

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